The Learning Revolution – a collection of learning events

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The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. Sourced from http://learningrevolution.com/

Friday, February 27th at 3pm Starting to Homeschool Webinar Series: Why Should I Homeschool?, Are you wondering if homeschooling can work for you? Do you know that you don’t need to be a certified teacher in any state in order to help your children learn at home and in your community? Are you seeking personalized, bold education options that build on your children’s strengths rather than conventional curricula? Come and learn how you can empower your family to succeed with homeschooling through this new online series presented by Patrick Farenga, president of www.johnholtgws.com. Pat will share his 30-plus years of fieldwork, advocacy (he published Growing Without Schooling magazine from 1986 to 2001), and personal experience (he and his wife homeschooled their three daughters) to help you and your children learn in their own ways. Join the email list for to register for the series at http://www.startingtohomeschool.com/join-the-email-list.

Friday, Feburary 27th – Sunday, March 1st in Asheville, NC Reinventing Education, Join us for this two-day opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues from the school, library, museum, and home learning worlds–and anyone interested in reinventing how we think about and facilitate learning. More information at http://www.reinventing.education.

Friday, February 27th – Sunday, March 1st OZeLive 2015 Conference, Australian Educators are keen to share their innovative ideas and projects with the world. We welcome all educators to join us for our second OZeLive conference. See the conference schedule for more details.

Saturday, February 28th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show: Student Study Tools with Tammy Moore, Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular “live” web meetings. Details to join the webinar at http://live.classroom20.com. You can follow us on Twitter at #liveclass20.

Sunday, March 1st at 7pm TechEducator Podcast – Microsoft: Office Mix featuring Tim Richardson and Ryan Adecco, More information here.

Monday, March 2nd at 12pm, 1:30pm & 4pm Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash 2015!, Have fun learning about Dr. Seuss and then come to the challenge with your own challenge questions. We’ll also challenge you to see what everyone knows about Dr. Seuss! Use this link to prepare: http://bit.ly/SeussTriviaChallenge. Each session will be held in Blackboard Collaborate using the Learning Revolution Host Your Own Webinar program. See the schedule for details.

Thursday, March 5th at 2pm NMC On the Horizon > Open Licensing: What It Is, Why Do It, Join the NMC and our panel of experts on Thursday, March 5th at 11am PT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET (check for local time). This one-hour session will be held in the Google+ On Air platform and broadcasted live on YouTube. Participation is free for all attendees. Are you at a museum or do you have a gallery, library, archive, or museum on your campus? If you do, please forward this along to anyone that might find this event beneficial. In this one-hour discussion, a panel of experts will explore the variety of ways that cultural institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) can apply open licensing to their collections, as well as how this type of licensing benefits both institutions and their audiences. The conversation will also introduce attendees to open licensing models and will articulate the potential benefits and challenges for implementing open licensing at institutions of all sizes. Register Here.

Saturday, March 7th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show: Livebinders for Librarians with the S.U.P.E.R. Librarian Team, Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular “live” web meetings. Details to join the webinar at http://live.classroom20.com. You can follow us on Twitter at #liveclass20.

Sunday, March 8th at 7pm TechEducator Podcast – Microsoft: Sway featuring David Alexander, More information here.

Monday, March 9th at 8pm TL Virtual Cafe – #TLChat LIVE!, Second Monday of each month is the Teacher Librarian Twitter Chat. Follow #TLChat on Twitter to participate.

Using Technology to Engage Learning, Communication & Relationships and 2015 Student Technology Conference

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Free Webinar – Using Technology to Engage Learning, Communication & Relationships

Thursday, January 29, 2015

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London)

How can educators, practitioners and parents best use technology in natural environments to include children with developmental and learning differences? In this webinar, Tamara Kaldor will share strategies for using technology to support children affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD), sensory processing disorders (SPD), communication disorders, learning disabilities, and other developmental differences. Discover how technology can be used as a successful intervention strategy to improve development in the areas of:

  • Communication and learning
  • Expressive language
  • Language comprehension
  • Following routines
  • Making transitions
  • Processing/expressing emotions

Learn about high quality, professionally-tested digital tools and strategies on how to use them to support children’s social-emotional development, engagement and learning. UDL principles (Universal Design for Learning) will also be discussed in assessing apps and websites. Tamara will field questions from attendees during this live, interactive event.

Details and free registration here: http://www.instantpresenter.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED56DC87804E

2015 Student Technology Conference

You may also be interested in another event via Global Education Conference – 2015 Student Technology Conference.The 2015 Student Technology Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of educational technology in schools and other academic settings. This conference, by students in grades 6-12 and for all, is committed to fostering a better understanding of how students use technology in education and to engage students, teachers and administrators in a conversation about technology, assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom, and strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the curriculum.

Details here: http://studenttechnologyconference.com/page/attending-schedule

Glasgow University Student Education & Technology Conference 2014/15 #ETC1415

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The Education & Technology Conference is your chance as a student to show the world the technological tools you are using to help enhance your life and your studies, get some experience presenting at a small conference and more than that, it may also be your chance to find out what tools are being used by your peers, your chance to be inspired.

The conference will take the form of 20 or 40 minute presentations/workshops/Q&As, with the majority of sessions delivered by students.

The conference will be taking place on February 6th, and you can submit proposals to present at the conference by clicking here, up until 11pm on the 19th January.

Please pass this information across your networks – more info and the proposal form can be found here:

http://www.glasgowstudent.net/events/education-technology-conference/

 

Education and sustainable development beyond 2015

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A slight change in my blogging style – this is a thought piece for some of my BTechEd students.

As a member of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education, I engage and contribute towards the achievements of the EFA (Education for All) and MDG (Millennium Development Goals) through the COP. The UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda produced a thematic thought piece in 2012 which looked at the education and skills required for sustainable development beyond 2015. Following on the outcome of the 2010 High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations Secretary-General established the UN System Task Team in September 2011 to support UN system-wide preparations for the post-2015 UN development agenda, in consultation with all stakeholders. The Task Team is led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme and brings together senior experts from over 50 UN entities and international organisations to provide system-wide support to the post-2015 consultation process, including analytical input, expertise and outreach (United Nations 2, 2012).

Article 26 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to education”. Education is not only a right but a passport to human development. It allows people make decisions that meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations.

The post-2015 publication explores:

  1. Enabling and driving inclusive and sustainable development;
  2. Trends in international educational development;
  3. The international education agenda beyond 2015;
  4. Emerging trends and the future of education.

It is easy to see how education can contribute widely to the MDGs with focus on environmental sustainability and global development. Students studying Learning for Sustainable Development via Technology, Industry and Society T3 (University of Glasgow BTechEd) may wish to draw upon the concepts outlined within the paper which examine current global development contexts: The growth of information, the move from teaching to learning, looking beyond a classroom-centred paradigm of education and blurring the boundaries between learning, working and living.

It is recognised that vocational skills are best developed through work-based learning. The key challenge remains to ensure that the life-long characteristics of workplace learning are reflected in education and skills strategies and policies. These include development of new approaches for recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning and enabling flexible access to skills development and qualifications. Curriculum for Excellence provides scope under the auspices of outdoor learning (Scottish government, 2010) to make some of these connections. In a society where global citizenship, technology and sustainable styles of living are connected; the social, cultural, economic and environmental influences and the impact that technological infrastructure has on our world, manifests in many different ways through products – industrial contexts and commercial interests. Many medium to large scale organisations will have a policy on sustainable development and as we prepare our young people through formal and informal learning, we have an inherent responsibility to bring such issues to the classroom for discussion.

In Scotland, the term Learning for Sustainability (LfS) has been adopted to reflect an extended concept that weaves together the three fields of Sustainable Development Education, Global Citizenship and Outdoor Learning. When LfS reaches its fullest potential, it is a transformative experience: changing our understanding of the world, our place in it and our interactions with it. LfS is a developing field and the way that we learn within this context is not yet fully understood. There are many definitions and many interpretations, however the focus of LfS within Design and Technology must reflect:

  • The social progress – recognising the needs of everyone;
  • Effective protection of the environment;
  • Prudent use of natural resources;
  • Maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment;

Consider how you can translate this into your classroom teaching. There are a number of questions which can be framed under social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability and examples can be found on Moodle.

Multifaceted changes in global development since 2000 are having a significant impact on education, training, and skills development worldwide (United Nations 1, 2012). The current debates concerning the post-2015 international development and education agendas are underway and this may provide some additional background reading.

Further reading:

The Scottish Government. (2010) Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning. Education Scotland [online]. http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/images/cfeoutdoorlearningfinal_tcm4-596061.pdf (last accessed 14.1.15)

United Nations 1. (2012) Beyond 2015 – education for the future. [online]. http://www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/epr/ERF/Conference_docs/ED-Beyong-2015/Final_Key_messages_post_2015-Final18_Dec.pdf (last accessed 14.1.15)

United Nations 2. (2012) Education and skills for inclusive and sustainable development behind 2015. [online] http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/ED/pdf/4_education.pdf (last accessed 14.1.15)

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Supporting #STEM events in secondary schools – Career Information, Advice and Guidance

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stemI was recently invited to discuss aspects of my career and job within the university, at a local STEM event at St Joseph’s College in Dumfries. The event was organised by S4 pupils and was attended by a number of professionals working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Pupils at St Joseph’s College were involved in the unique science themed day entitled STEM Speed-Dating Careers Event. Organised jointly by the Science and Technology Faculty and also the Mathematics department, this event created an opportunity for fourth year students to meet, talk and engage with representatives from professions relating to STEM.

“Fourth year students are at a crucial point in their academic life as they are about to make extremely important decisions regarding their choice of subjects for Higher courses in fifth year.”

(Mrs MacGregor, Principal Teacher).

The aim of the afternoon was to enthuse pupils about STEM subjects and to open their minds to the vast array of career opportunities in this field. A total of twenty-nine professionals attended, from various careers including architecture, engineering, ICT, physiotherapy, medical physics and environmental health. The event ran in the style of “speed dating”. A group of five students had five minutes to question the guests regarding their careers. Before the event, fourth years studied the CVs of the visitors and prepared questions with the help of the sixth year prefects who also contributed to a great day.

“Fourth year will get to see a variety of jobs on offer in the area. They can gain an idea of what jobs they could do and see a pathway to that destination.”

(Suzanne Paterson, a Senior Support Officer for Dumfries and Galloway Council)

In addition, pupils were required to develop their social skills by interviewing the visitors. Work experience was also praised highly as something students should invest time in. It is my hope that more schools will seek to pursue such events and that STEM will be promoted throughout the country. In particular, I would like to see emphasis on Technology as more young people seek to make the transition from the senior phase curriculum into a positive and sustained destination.

Text adapted from http://www.stjosephscollege.co.uk

Photograph: Me discussing Teacher Education with a group of pupils.

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