Nicki Hambleton: Learning and Thinking Out Loud
Teacher and ADE
We all love to learn, but how do you share, recall and build on all your learning? When you look back, how much can you remember? Have you ever wondered how to organise your notes or content more effectively? How do you or your students share learning with others?
Whether you prefer to work digitally or traditionally on paper, working more visually encourages information retention. This session will begin with what it means to "think more visibly" as we cover the basics of creating visual notes and using iPad apps. To encourage this, we'll practice some "thinking routines" from Harvard's "Making Thinking Visible" course. Together, we will uncover the mystery and techniques of visual note taking as we play with ideas to think and share learning more out loud.
Get ready to be creative, to collaborate and to try out new skills or expand existing ones. You will have lots to take back to your classroom to help you, your students and colleagues to think, create and share more visually.
Think you can’t draw? It doesn’t matter! There will be lots of hands on and fun ways to explore thinking and working more visually. There will be games, laughter, sharing and hopefully no tears!
Combining visible thinking with powerful note taking will transform your own learning out of your head and onto the paper or screen!
Shaun Kirkwood: Harness the Creative Power of the iPad
Educational Technology Specialist
The iPad is an amazing tool that has revolutionised society, and when you start to look into its creative potential you may be amazed with what you can do. This pre-conference is focused on you creating amazing multimedia, and considering how you can use it at school as well as personally.
Whilst you're working with Shaun you'll have a chance to make movies, play with animation, create timelapse films, develop photoshop images, compose your own music, and experiment with stop motion movies to name a few. Once we have looked into some specific apps we will then start thinking about how these can be blended together into a variety of "App Flows" to make mind bending creations.
This workshop is going to involve lots of hands experiences, plenty of laughter, and you will leave with a portfolio of high quality multimedia products.
Seán McHugh: Learning Journals, ePortfolios & Learning Communities
Digital Literacy Coach
Regardless of the age range you teach, this workshop will give you everything you need to establish or refine your existing model, using free or low cost tools, based on the extensive experience we have to share based on the past 8 years at UWCSEA.
• Relevant to schools using tablets, laptops or a mixture of both
• Rationale for reflection, curation, and building a home/school learning partnership
• Tried and tested 'core apps' and tried & tested tools to use
• Five filters of failure; never waste time, money or energy on seemingly powerful but ultimately pointless digital tools ever again...
• Hands on with several platforms to explore/consider: Google Sites, Google Photos, iCloud Shared Albums, and Seesaw
• Two powerful frameworks to ensure that you make the most of the digital format, and don't just recreate the kinds of practices you used to use with traditional paper based portfolios.
• Hands on with a digital platform that you feel best suits your school's needs.
• Practical strategies for gaining traction with staff, and fostering engagement from parents & students alike.
• Examples of 'real life' student samples from a variety of platforms
• There will be opportunities throughout the day to ask your questions and have them answered by teachers well acquainted with the obstacles and opportunities of developing Learning Journals and ePortfolios from K-5.
• Leave with a model and template that you can take back to your school.