Thursday, 16 April 2015

Lincoln Cluster Conference: Keynote: Future Focused Education with Joanne Robson

Joanne Robson - Core
Future Focused Education - a Practitioner's Perspective

Who am I? Educator for 20 years + Canada and London.

1. The drivers of change:
Back to the future 1996: 3D printer, robots, UBER,
- Anything is possible: google glasses, self-checkout at supermarket,
- Google cardboard - 360 experience
-  Multiple decives - information, time saver,
- This is NORMAL for our kids
- Change is very fasy

What do we focus on most in education?
Routine cognitine - measuring, rules based processes
Non routine cognitive - creating, mental tasks, unique contexts
Routine manual - assembly line, manual tasks
Non routine manual - tasks too difficult to automate
Non routine interpersonal - problem solving, people interaction

The highlighted ones are those that are needed most in the current labour market.
Are we spending out time at school working on these as they are the hardest to test. (UBER)

One size does not fit all - our students are diverse.

2. Themes of future focussed education - collaborative, screen time, creative, problem solving,

What skills do we need  to develop:
resilience, collaboration, problem solving, creativity, persistence, growth mindset, purpose, ask questions

Tony Wagner - The Global Achievement Gap
1. Critical thinking - problam solving
2. Collaboration accross networks, leading influence
3. Agility and adaptability
4. Initiative and entrepreneuralism
5. Effective oral and writtern communication
6. Accessing and analysing information - asking the right types of questions
7. Curiosity and imagination

Which one do you need to develop in your class?

3. A practitioners journey
Establishing a new school: Albany Junior High School
- going to do things differently
- whanau within the school - vertical Year 7 - 10 forms
- no bins
Lots of speed bumps but this was an amazing opportuity.
They wern't use to the new opportunities - how can you plan without having student input?
Adapt to biuilding not being finished.
What seemed cutting edge was not modern four years later - technology and pedagogy.

Just beacuse they could bring their device - need to have a purpose.
Begin to use the social media and understand digital citizenship.

Assess what matters - characteristics, attitudes, mindsets.

Growth Mindset - staff and students
Learner focus - learning is visible, students own leawrning, student led conferences, student reflection, 
Taking risks - AKO kids becoming the teachers
FAIL - culture of learning
Fun - use survey tools like CROAK to check up on lken learning and enjoyment of the lesson
Community -

Design thinking - how to make the learning relevant and part if the design process.
Know your learners - know the specific needs - own desk, ear muffs...
Get learning outside - where is the best place to teach this lesson? CAn you teach writing outside with a ball?
It's OK to fail - kids to take a risk, failure seen as a learning opportunity
Personal reflection - get the kids to tell you what youneed to improve - CROAK etc

4. A personal challenge
Where do you get your PD from: online, face to face or blended?
Often on-line leads to f2f, conferences, catch-ups and educamps.

So What for the classroom:
Look for ways to make learning fun - getting out the classroom.
Lots more reflection - as students, as teqacher and as a group of learners.

Skills to focus on:
Asking the right question
Analysis of information

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