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Blogs as PLEs

May 26, 2007 by · No Comments · connectedness

Blogs as Personal Learning Spaces – Stephen Downes opinion

copy and paste – comments later maybe

 Blogs As PLEs 
   Emma Duke-Williams, Blogging IT and EDucation 
   ————————————————————- 
   http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=40293 
   I was asked in a recent comment what I thought the best PLE 
   software was (this following my comments about Ecto). I was 
   going going to say it hasn’t been built yet, and to a 
   certain degree this is true. But if I had to point someone 
   to something that actually does exist, I’d probably say 
   WordPress http://wordpress.org/, with any number of the 
   plug-ins http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins. Why? Well as 
   this post notes, in most VLEs information is “caged in”. 
   But a system like WordPress really allows you to get 
   content in and out fairly efficiently. That’s most of what 
   we want from a PLE. But see also Tony Hirst on PLE as 
   platform 
   http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ouseful/~3/119550081/010334.html 
   touting the Benefits of Facebook and Zoho Notes (which I 
   also discussed recently). If I could have my own private 
   versions of those (on that, see Steve O’Hear on Facebook as 
   platform http://blogs.zdnet.com/social/?p=182) – and not be 
   forced to rely on their benevolent hosting – they would 
   also be strong candidates. 
   Comment: http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=40293 
   Direct Link: 
   http://www.tech.port.ac.uk/staffweb/duke-wie/blog/2007/05/25/blogs-as-ples/  
   

The ’5 Things’ Meme

December 29, 2006 by · 3 Comments · connectedness

This (5 things others wouldn’t know about me) was handed on by Graham Wegner – a local colleague. We’ve presented together here in South Australia. Graham has a professional learning use of blogs approach whereas mine is focussed on student learning – class blogs. Perhaps that’s why Graham is so much more visible and I tend to be more hidden – a lurker? So thanks mate, it’s something I need to work on and here I go.
A (believe me) condensed introduction. :)
No time to read a few anecdotes? Go straight to number 5 - Cheers, Al

1. I’m a country boy. Born and Bred.

Thorny Devil A Thorny Devil by paulyd on flickr

Not embelished just how I remember it … I still consider Warramboo my home town where I lived with my parents and brother and sister over 40 years ago. And temperatures over 40C were never a surprise. Warramboo is in the middle of Eyre Peninsula, in “the driest state in the driest continent of the world” – South Australia … and we’ve just come through the driest winter on record. Mind you there would be many countries with less rainfall but it does get hot e.g. in Jan 2004, the closest weather station just down the road got 49.3C max temp. The town Warramboo was always very small with a larger farming community but is now nearly a ghost town. It had the last operating manual phone exchange in South Australia. A lady at the post office could listen in to our phone calls if she wanted – but we needed her to plug the right cables into the right holes. Our phone number was ‘3’! We once were visited by grey owls but thorny devils were regular pets. Out of curiosity we would tie them to a post with cotton loosely around their neck (near food – ants) and overnight these dangerous looking creatures wouldn’t go anywhere. We would walk through our mallee scrub backyard in bare feet searching for creatures and adventure. I still love the Clear Hot Dry Dusty weather and think anything cold and damp as ‘unnatural’. ‘The West Coast’ (of SA) is where I first gained some understanding of community. People were always there for each other and times went from joyful to tough and tragic. In retrospect, even with that strong sense of solidarity there were still disparate groups and interwoven networks. Once a year we would have a ‘Strawberries and Cream’ fete (brought in from Adelaide in refrigerated trucks) My friends and I would end up sliding around on the hall’s wooden floor in our socks and crashing down when we hit a clump of cream. I remember semi-spontaneous community picnics where my mum would literally take a suitcase (or two) of homemade biscuits and Pavlovas to share. My dad was the headmaster of the very small school. One day we found 14 brown snakes (various sizes) under one classroom and the stump heap (our favourite play time spot) became out of bounds. I remember Mum chopping a snake into about 14 pieces with an axe – they both had a bad day. All of this (straight off the top of my head) could never do justice to my experiences and love for Warramboo and all it represents. Then there is the story of Dad throwing rotten geese eggs at us from on top of a rubbish heap as we ducked and dived to avert the eternal stench if hit … great times. Where do you start, where do you end? …

2. I’ve seen the world on its side.

I finished my primary years education at Clarendon a (then) country town in the Adelaide Hills – then I remember my best friend riding down a particularly steep hill with a magpie beak embedded in his head – now city buses go there and it has become trendy because it really is beautiful. This town was cold and windy (yes, ‘unnatural’) – quite a shock for me but friendship and that community thing again made all that somehow okay. I’ve seen the world on its side. I was in my dad’s class in Year 7 and gazing out the window (engaged in OOT … other-order thinking) I saw 4 or 5 pine trees go horizontally past. “Dad”, I called out (I usually called him Mr Upton) “Dad, trees just went past the window”. It seemed that he didn’t believe me because there was a lull, and then it became gusty again. It was, in fact, a ‘mini cyclone’. Lucky for us because we were meant to be out at recess!

3. I’ve written a book
     – ‘South Australia’s First Bushrangers’.

By now I’d moved to the big smoke – I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned any of my experiences when at high school! – gone to uni, been involved in professional (and amateur) theatre, numerous jobs and even worked as a clown. Things probably best left unsaid – mention this at a staff meeting and the next thing you’re coordinating the school production! I was asked to get a script together for a 150th or some such celebration for Stirling – a district in the Adelaide Hills. The research led to a realisation (and my subsequent booklet) that there, in fact, were bushrangers in SA. We are oft quoted as never having any. Well these particular three could have strayed from the eastern states – so there you are, everyone’s happy. Sadly I can’t find my own copy but it does exist.
Speaking of history, Banjo Paterson (bush poet eg ’Walzing Matilda’) is reportedly my ancestor. He’s on our $10 note and so are the lyrics of ‘The Man from Snowy River’.

Banjo Paterson Banjo Paterson by dmmaus on flickr

4. I was president of the
     South Australian Whittlers Club.

The university days are also somewhat censored but one day a mate and I had a bet to see who could get into the Advertiser next (the most predominant SA newspaper) – name and picture the only criteria. I rang up a journalist asking if they were interested in doing an article on my passion … whittling. She came around and I explained the techniques I personally used (I’d read a book), showed a few rough beginnings (alright they were my finest attempts begun a couple of weeks before), made up a story about why there were no finished pieces to be viewed and explained that to join you first had to prove your ability by whittling down a match to the thinnest width possible – to be judged by other members … who didn’t exist. The piece was published, I won the bet, I felt somewhat ashamed and, to this day, I long to enter that wonderful world of whittling, carving, lathing and creating with wood. Cheeses and Single Malted Whiskies also feature on this list.

5. My focus needs filters.

My family (my beautiful wife and nearly 19 year old daughter) are my main focus but as far as ICTs in Education go … “My focus is catering to busy teachers with time commitments, crowded curricula and often elusive lives of their own.”
I quote this on
my class blog http://alupton.wordpress.com/
(‘Al Upton and the miniLegends’ in 2007 http://alupton.edublogs.org/),
http://ccclearning.edublogs.org/ my blog for educational dialogue when I can get to it, and http://connect.edublogs.org/ my attempt to provide a simple opportunity for busy (often hesitant) teachers to get started, create a class blog, find their own answers to questions like “Why are online methodologies important to my students’ learning anyway?” and “How can I get started without adding anything new to my workload … and gain some confidence?” It’s also an opportunity to encourage my colleagues to connect with other classes and educators … hence the name ‘Create, Connect – Blog’. [BTW I’ve tried to be ‘innovative’ (in the context of the rarity of web2.0 usage in SA) from within a government initiative whilst keeping the ‘event’ open and free to all comers.] It’s certainly early days but if you know of any class blogs and/or relevant resources please add them via the comments – go to the ‘blog’ page. Thanks in anticipation.

So ‘My focus needs filters’?? As a class teacher, being an LTI coach (Learning and Teaching with the Internet) and a District eTeacher at the Technology School of the Future, entering into post grad studies, spending big bucks to get to global summits and anything else I can attend/present at, having been recognised for my efforts – it’s nice to be valued, … blah, blah, blah … I just have to look after myself and those to whom I try to cater. How? By not spending time increasing my own online presence and profile, not exploring all the Web2.0 apps and services that so excite me, not maintaining the conversations to the depth I’d like, only occasionally dabbling my toes in the wisdom and inspiration of all you edubloggers out there. I need to filter out so many exciting tangents and opportunities in order to find this balance. And that, I find that so very hard. So although I’ve certainly added my voice to unblocking filters at our govt schools, I need my own self imposed ones to really focus … with student learning nestled at the heart of it all.

*** 

It’s been a happy indulgence throwing this together - it takes a while ‘though and there are many, many posts this size. It was my choice just to tap away and see what appeared – you could just write a five simple sentences and it would be equally valid.
And who knows, perhaps something will come of the http://connect.edublogs.org/ idea.

Create, Connect - Blog 

Here are a few others who have been hit by the ’5 Things’ meme
No special order and apologies to those I’ve missed – a random sample but don’t they read well?

Their 5 Things            Their Blog

Graham Wegner      Teaching Generation Z

Vicki Davis      Cool Cat Teacher Blog

Doug Noon      Borderland

Brian Crosby      Learning is Messy

Doug Belshaw      teaching.mr.belshaw.co.uk

Christopher Sessums      Christopher D. Sessums :: Weblog

Albert Ip      Random Walk in Learning

Will Richardson     weblogg-ed the read/write web in the classroom

Mark Oehlert     e-Clippings (Learning As Art)

Ewan McIntosh      edu.blogs.com

John Johnston      John @ Sandaig Primary 

John Connell      John Connell: the blog  
My first thought to tag but he’s already been tagged and then he tags
Judy O’Connell my second thought! Hey Jude 

Mark Ahlness      Mark’s edtechblog (Mark is planning to do with his Year 3 kids roomtwelve.com what I’ve planned to do with my Year 3′s when we begin school in 2007 – the ’5 Things’ meme. It would be wonderful to connect our classes with this idea :)

I will try to find time to comment on their posts and perhaps you could as well.
And If you are a ‘newbie’ what a great place to start!

I invite the following to have a shot of the ’5 Things’ meme.
And please – No obligation whatsoever.
Also – in the interests of inclusivity ANYONE who wants to join in, have fun :D

Josie Fraser    Kim Pericles      Mike Seyfang     Bill Kerr    Sandaig Otters
(It would be great to also connect with a class in Scotland using this meme as a starting point – any takers? Or other countries - the miniLegends are Year 3- 8 and 9 year olds)

BTW I’m surprised by how many drum kits feature in the above. My one and only kit was a ‘Dandy’ no less. I got it after my first job, Santa’s helper – rocking Nipper and Nimble at the Magic Cave.

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http://alupton.wordpress.com/

November 13, 2006 by · 1 Comment · connectedness, remixing

Please don’t lose sight of our class blog http://alupton.wordpress.com/ and if you have never been there, please feel welcome to drop in, have a look around and leave a comment or two.

BTW I changed this post after tonights blogging workshop so John W’s  comment will look very interesting – sorry :D

Here’s some Moodle emoticons …  [it's really a test copy and paste from that environment to here] approve

smile smile :-)
big grin big grin :-D
wink wink ;-)
mixed mixed :-/
thoughtful thoughtful V-.
tongueout tongueout :-P
cool cool B-)
approve approve ^-)
wide eyes wide eyes 8-)
surprise surprise 8-o
sad sad :-(
shy shy 8-.
blush blush :-I
kiss kiss :-X
clown clown :o )
black eye black eye P-|
angry angry 8-[
dead dead xx-P
sleepy sleepy |-.
evil evil }-]

: ),     : (,     : D,     ; ),     : P,     8 ),     : (,     : o

these have gaps but you can see above what they look like in wordpress

Student Learner / Animal Classification – a Life Cycle

October 24, 2006 by · No Comments · blogging, connectedness, education, networking

NB this is a deliberate cross post with my class blog http://alupton.wordpress.com/  
I believe it has an illustrative purpose here …

Well here we are - day two together this term. What a cool group of kids you are – all those comments and links to what we talked about yesterday! It really looks like you can find out much more about your interests and have excellent ways to share them. Thanks.
Please try to remember sentences, capitals and fullstops. More on this later when we look at the AUDIENCE.

Today’s lesson (due to technology not working the way we wanted:) was very special.
I’m not even sure how it started or whose idea it came from but we ended up comparing
Animal Classification with Student Learner Classification
In between all that we decided it would also be interesting to look at the
Lifecycle of the Student Learner

learnerclassification-600-x-450.jpg

Here is a photo of our brainstorming on the whiteboard.
Of course there is so much more but I think it’s brilliant for mostly Year 3’s, some Year 4s and only one quick lesson.
Anyone, please feel free to leave a comment and any extra ideas you have.
[Mini’s we could even use this approach to make some short podcasts talking about our learning]
Well done everyone – 2 blitz points towards ‘Beach House Day’ D

Rethinking Conferences and Summits

October 24, 2006 by · No Comments · blogging, connectedness, GlobalSummit06, networking, professional learning

This post will be more than the title suggests. I will probably change the title.

I want to spend a bit more time with the minilegends before reflecting back here.
There are definite comments I want to get down and thoughts I want to weave together and make sense of. As alien as it has been returning to the classroom, I need more grass roots stuff to make sense of recent discussions.
UPDATE FROM KERRIE SMITH education.au
All the podcasts, papers, and presentations from the Global Summit are now
publicly available at http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1030
Please feel free to distribute this address to colleagues, via newsletters
and within your systems.

***
more on the topic are these two bloggers – I haven’t read the articles fully yet

http://artichoke.typepad.com/artichoke/2006/10/ulearn06_moebiu.html

Various authors – The K-12 Online Conference 2006 Agenda http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/edurss02.cgi?rd=134077 ————————————————————- This online conference started yesterday with a pre-recorded keynote by Dave Warlick (to me it’s not a keynote unless it’s live – but that’s just me). It features a number of educational bloggers, mostly (as the title suggests) from the K-12 sector, and mostly from the United States (and not, as one commentator wrote, “top educational bloggers from around the world”). It’s kind of like a ‘Coming of Age’, only presented as a conference. Oh hey wait, it’s the same people http://www.techlearning.com/blog/main/! Who are – according to themselves – the leading edubloggers. As one person commented today – a ‘co-prosperity sphere’. I prefer the term from Jerry Pournelle: the CoDominium. Anyhow – I aggregate more than 300 edubloggers (and leave out just as many again) and try to represent their contributions as fairly as I can in these pages. And that is to me the core of edublogging, not self-styled A-listers. But hey – attend the conference, listen to Warlick and Freedman and Fryer and McIntosh and the rest and judge for yourself. What do I know? Via Computer Science Teacher http://blogs.msdn.com/alfredth/archive/2006/10/17/an-online-education-conference.aspx. Comment: http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=36106

Global Summit 06 – the programme + my posts

October 22, 2006 by · No Comments · connectedness, GlobalSummit06, networking, professional learning

This will be my main post and I’ll attach all my posts and the podcasts and various other links (eg fellow bloggers) when I can get back to it.
Right now I have to return to the classroom and cannot contribute to the ongoing dialogue as I want. I will, of course, be functioning in ways recommended by the summit within my own class and seek to work with others whenever possible.
Cheers, Al

Here is the feedburner link http://feeds.feedburner.com/EducationauBloggers

UPDATE FROM KERRIE SMITH education.au
All the podcasts, papers, and presentations from the Global Summit are now
publicly available at http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1030
Please feel free to distribute this address to colleagues, via newsletters
and within your systems.
MONDAY 31 JULY

ONLINE
Connect to the Global Summit online forum,
brought to you by EdNA Online, to participate in discussion about the themes
that will be explored throughout the Summit.
MONDAY 4 SEPTEMBER

ONLINE
Registered delegates remain connected
to the Global Summit online forum, to participate in the development of the
themes that will be used throughout the Summit to test assumptions and explore
ideas and solutions.
TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER

6:30pm
CONFERENCE DINNER &
REGISTRATION

An opportunity to begin your networking with colleagues from various sectors
and countries. The dinner will bring together Provocateurs, Thought Leaders and
Delegates for informal discussion of the Issues raised in Professor Bosco’s
paper and themes to be explored over the following two days.

DAY
1
WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER

8:30am
Registration, coffee &
networking

9:00am
Opening: An exciting and traditional opening from
the youth and indigenous communities of Australia.

9:20am
Welcome:
Leaders from Government and education.au limited will officially welcome you to
the Summit.

9:45am
Robert Cailliau, Co-Developer of the World Wide
Web, will explore emerging trends in our connected world and what impact these
might have. Are we are indeed approaching the ‘Matrix’?

10:15
am
Professor James Bosco, Department of Educational Studies, Western
Michigan University, USA will introduce us to our first group discussion session
and the use of Grouputer.

10:25
Thought Leaders will engage us in a
collective ideas gathering session based around the issues raised by Robert
Cailliau. This is your first opportunity to explore scenarios of the future with
colleagues and contribute to the Communiqué being developed as an outcome of the
Global Summit.

11:00am
MORNING TEA: An opportunity to meet new
colleagues and explore ideas about the www with
them.

11:30am
Professor James Bosco will address the ideas raised in
his positioning paper: Tools, culture, and education: past – present -
future.

12:00pm
George Siemens, Red River College in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada is the originator of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the
Digital Age. The starting point of connectivism is the individual and is the
integration of principles explored by chaos, network, complexity and
self-organization theories. George will pose questions about Connectivism for us
to explore.

12:30pm
LUNCH: An opportunity to continue the discussion
and network with colleagues

1:30pm
Leigh Blackall, Educational
Development, Otago Polytechnic, NZ has a core interest in networked learning and
continually questions the status quo. Leigh will challenge your thinking about
educational web services and may even explore his theory about the world being
flat!

2:00pm
Thought Leaders will engage us in our second collective
ideas gathering session based around the theory of Connectivism and networked
learning.

3:00pm
AFTERNOON TEA: More networking and discussion of
divergent ideas.

3:30pm
Doug Brown, Department for Education and
Skills, UK has been heavily involved in the Personalised Learning initiative in
UK schools. He will examine what this means and how technology enables (ensures)
the personalisation of information and will transform
learning.

4:00pm
Closing comments: Professor James Bosco will sum up
the day’s activity.

4:15pm
Close of Day 1

7:00pm
DINNER
CRUISE – Relax and enjoy beautiful Sydney harbour as you chat about the ideas
from Day 1.

DAY 2
THURSDAY 19 OCTOBER

9.00 am
Welcome
& recap of Day 1: Professor James Bosco will provide an overview of summit
discussion so far and where we are heading with Technology Connected
Futures.

9:15am
Fire side chat across time & space: Seymour
Papert will join us via videoconference to converse with Professor James Bosco
about the ideas explored so far.

9:45am
This is a rare opportunity
to engage with Thought Leaders in another collective ideas gathering session
based around the thoughts of one of the pioneers in the use of computers for
learning.

10:30am
MORNING TEA

11:00am
Professor Judyth
Sachs, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), University of Sydney &
Charles Jennings, Global Head of Learning, Reuters, UK will overview elearning
in education and training and how both may develop in the
future.

12:00pm
Questions about elearning will be explored in this
collective ideas gathering session with Thought
Leaders.

12:30pm
LUNCH

1:30pm
Geetha Narayanan, Director
of Mallya Aditi International School, India and Jean Johnstone, Notschool.net,
UK both provide education to the disadvantaged – Geetha with Bangalore’s urban
slum children and Jean with disaffected and excluded youth. They will give us a
reality check about technology in their learning
environments.

2:30pm
In this session Thought Leaders will engage us
in discussion about technology as an enabler or excluder to
learning.

3:00pm
AFTERNOON TEA: Your last opportunity for informal
networking and discussion

3:30pm
Professor James Bosco will overview
the themes explored, the issues identified and the questions answered and
unanswered.

4:00pm
A leading researcher on the effect of technology
on our lives and behaviour will join us via videoconference from the UK to
present the latest ideas in this field.

4:30pm
Closing comments from
Gerry White, CEO of education.au limited

4:45pm
Close of
Summit

ONLINE
FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER & ONGOING
Connect to the Global Summit forum, brought to you by EdNA Online, to
continue the discussion on issues arising.
program structure. The program will be continually updated, so check back
regularly for Provocateur issues and questions.
PROGRAMME DETAILS
MONDAY
31 JULY

ONLINE
Connect to the Global Summit online forum, brought to
you by EdNA Online, to participate in discussion about the themes that will be
explored throughout the Summit.
MONDAY 4 SEPTEMBER

ONLINE
Registered delegates remain connected
to the Global Summit online forum, to participate in the development of the
themes that will be used throughout the Summit to test assumptions and explore
ideas and solutions.
TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER

6:30pm
CONFERENCE DINNER &
REGISTRATION

An opportunity to begin your networking with colleagues from various sectors
and countries. The dinner will bring together Provocateurs, Thought Leaders and
Delegates for informal discussion of the Issues raised in Professor Bosco’s
paper and themes to be explored over the following two days.

DAY
1
WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER

8:30am
Registration, coffee &
networking

9:00am
Opening: An exciting and traditional opening from
the youth and indigenous communities of Australia.

9:20am
Welcome:
Leaders from Government and education.au limited will officially welcome you to
the Summit.

9:45am
Robert Cailliau, Co-Developer of the World Wide
Web, will explore emerging trends in our connected world and what impact these
might have. Are we are indeed approaching the ‘Matrix’?

10:15
am
Professor James Bosco, Department of Educational Studies, Western
Michigan University, USA will introduce us to our first group discussion session
and the use of Grouputer.

10:25
Thought Leaders will engage us in a
collective ideas gathering session based around the issues raised by Robert
Cailliau. This is your first opportunity to explore scenarios of the future with
colleagues and contribute to the Communiqué being developed as an outcome of the
Global Summit.

11:00am
MORNING TEA: An opportunity to meet new
colleagues and explore ideas about the www with
them.

11:30am
Professor James Bosco will address the ideas raised in
his positioning paper: Tools, culture, and education: past – present -
future.

12:00pm
George Siemens, Red River College in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada is the originator of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the
Digital Age. The starting point of connectivism is the individual and is the
integration of principles explored by chaos, network, complexity and
self-organization theories. George will pose questions about Connectivism for us
to explore.

12:30pm
LUNCH: An opportunity to continue the discussion
and network with colleagues

1:30pm
Leigh Blackall, Educational
Development, Otago Polytechnic, NZ has a core interest in networked learning and
continually questions the status quo. Leigh will challenge your thinking about
educational web services and may even explore his theory about the world being
flat!

2:00pm
Thought Leaders will engage us in our second collective
ideas gathering session based around the theory of Connectivism and networked
learning.

3:00pm
AFTERNOON TEA: More networking and discussion of
divergent ideas.

3:30pm
Doug Brown, Department for Education and
Skills, UK has been heavily involved in the Personalised Learning initiative in
UK schools. He will examine what this means and how technology enables (ensures)
the personalisation of information and will transform
learning.

4:00pm
Closing comments: Professor James Bosco will sum up
the day’s activity.

4:15pm
Close of Day 1

7:00pm
DINNER
CRUISE – Relax and enjoy beautiful Sydney harbour as you chat about the ideas
from Day 1.

DAY 2
THURSDAY 19 OCTOBER

9.00 am
Welcome
& recap of Day 1: Professor James Bosco will provide an overview of summit
discussion so far and where we are heading with Technology Connected
Futures.

9:15am
Fire side chat across time & space: Seymour
Papert will join us via videoconference to converse with Professor James Bosco
about the ideas explored so far.

9:45am
This is a rare opportunity
to engage with Thought Leaders in another collective ideas gathering session
based around the thoughts of one of the pioneers in the use of computers for
learning.

10:30am
MORNING TEA

11:00am
Professor Judyth
Sachs, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), University of Sydney &
Charles Jennings, Global Head of Learning, Reuters, UK will overview elearning
in education and training and how both may develop in the
future.

12:00pm
Questions about elearning will be explored in this
collective ideas gathering session with Thought
Leaders.

12:30pm
LUNCH

1:30pm
Geetha Narayanan, Director
of Mallya Aditi International School, India and Jean Johnstone, Notschool.net,
UK both provide education to the disadvantaged – Geetha with Bangalore’s urban
slum children and Jean with disaffected and excluded youth. They will give us a
reality check about technology in their learning
environments.

2:30pm
In this session Thought Leaders will engage us
in discussion about technology as an enabler or excluder to
learning.

3:00pm
AFTERNOON TEA: Your last opportunity for informal
networking and discussion

3:30pm
Professor James Bosco will overview
the themes explored, the issues identified and the questions answered and
unanswered.

4:00pm
A leading researcher on the effect of technology
on our lives and behaviour will join us via videoconference from the UK to
present the latest ideas in this field.

4:30pm
Closing comments from
Gerry White, CEO of education.au limited

4:45pm
Close of
Summit

ONLINE
FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER & ONGOING
Connect to the Global Summit forum, brought to you by EdNA Online, to
continue the discussion on issues arising.

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GlobalSummit06 – Continue the Dialogue

October 22, 2006 by · No Comments · connectedness, GlobalSummit06

Connect to the Global Summit forum, brought to you by EdNA Online, to continue the discussion on issues arising.

http://blogs.educationau.edu.au/seminar
Check out the podcasts
http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/
delegates only link at this stage

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GlobalSummit06 – Closing Comments

October 18, 2006 by · No Comments · connectedness, GlobalSummit06

Closing comments from Gerry White, CEO of education.au limited

Hearing about careers underpins the fact that education has to change.

Thankyous and flowers to all education.au people who have got it all goind and kept it going. Thanks to the Thought Leaders.

This ends this stage of strategic conversation but it doesn’t end the strategic converstaion. (There will be a two page report/doc to help drive furture directions/actions)

Professor Leslie Parker

Drawing of 2 ipod prizes – I missed out :(
Jim Bosco – calibre of the facilitator sensational
Last public presentaion of Gerry White with education.au
GW: “Long way for a teacher who wouldn’t shut up”

 

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James Bosco – Global Summit overview

October 18, 2006 by · No Comments · connectedness, GlobalSummit06

Professor James Bosco will overview the themes explored, the issues identified and the questions answered and unanswered.

Professor James Bosco 

edna groups key is ‘xxxxxxoo’
http://groups.edna.edu.au

thought we were about to engage in futuraology. have a sense of expectations realised.

“it is much easier to talk about the future than the present” Around the table we have tried to discern the present – where are we now, what changes now. Try looking where we have come to get a partial sense of where we are. the issue of the future becomes relevant when we say

SO WHAT?
The future of Monday ***

The number of people whose lives are directly affected by those in this room. We can’t change the world but we can change a big chunk.

The question is also to what extent do we leave here with a better sense of ideas, what we take and what we leave behind. What we might have thought but really isn’t as valuable as relevant?

This way we did for us is what we should be doing with other people.

The notion of risk-taking. Many are ready to take risks as long as they are safe risks.
I have rarely seen instances of people being punished for doing the same thing. I have seen lots of instances of people being punished for breaking out of the rut!
Risk means there is a chance we will fail. The bigger the jump, the harder the fall – if we fall. We need to take the risks and do it much better.

The only thing that sustains me is the company of colleagues who want to share beliefs about what they want to accomplish.

Horsemann – American educator
“Be ashamed to die until you have won one victory for humanity”

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Global Summit – Mike Geaves

October 18, 2006 by · No Comments · connectedness

National Career Development Policy                    – CICA
Creating a national career develoopment culture – why bother?

What do I have to offer?/
Where do I want to be?
Who needs what I have?
Who will pay for it?

Bother because career is rarely linear.
career development is a public and  a private good

Career is the sequence of work
Career Development is the lifelong process of managing learning …

Workforce preparation -> workforce sustainability -> workforce regeneration

The future of the the future is in the present

When will my Year 3 kids be the new ‘workforce’

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