Sunday, December 14, 2014

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Friday, December 05, 2014

Applause for student presenters - Global Education Conference 2014

The recent Global Education Conference (totally online for 5 full days, totally free) had a number of student-led and student-centred presentations. What a great experience for these students to present to a global audience, and what a unique opportunity for the audience to hear from the students about their global learning!

Here are brief details and links to session descriptions and presentation recordings. The YELLOW highlight indicates Flat Connections Global Educators and their students. Flat Connections was a sponsor of the Global Education Conference 2014.


Sarah Burke and @lesliedavison
Summit High School
Recording


Paramita Roy and students in Gr 6 and 8
St Dominic’s Priory College (Adelaide, Australia)

Recording


Max Bone - Student
Oakland Christian School
Recording 

Tina Vasquez and students 
Charlottesville High School and University of Virginia
Recording 

STUDENT KEYNOTE
Kern Kelley - Central Maine
Recording 

STUDENT KEYNOTE
Lillian Chu Hsiung - Dwight School
Recording (not found)

Eva Brown - Red River College Canada
This session features students at the university level!
See the Flipping PD wiki
Recording 

Marymount School of New York - Students
Recording 

Amy Jambor & Sheri Williams and students from the Flat Connections Global Project
Berea District, Ohio
Recording


Senior students talk about their flat learning experience
They share the skills they developed while in the Flat Connections Global Project


Toni Olivieri-Barton, Laura Israelsen, Cindy Nickodam and students from the Flat Connections 'A Week in the Life...' Project
Recording

Theresa Allen and Helen McConaghy and students from the Flat Connections Digiteen/Digitween Projects
Recording

Sharing global handshakes
Digiteen student in Joliet, USA participating in GEC

Digiteen/Tween presentation by students

Captured form the chat window during GEC student presentation


Screenshot of presentation in session


Anne Mirtschin and Grade 7 students from Australia
Recording

Sharon Brown-Peters and students from ASB, India
Recording

Kathy Bosiak and students Lincolnton High School
Recording

I encourage teachers and students to consider joining the Global Education Conference 2015 and share your global collaborations and learning.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

WISE 2014 - Cognitive Science Debate raises awareness of learning potential

In the first week of November this year I was delighted to once again attend the WISE event for 2014 (World Innovation Summit in Education) located in Doha, Qatar. Each time I go to Doha I see more and more changes. I lived there for 2 years, 2007-2009 and was IT Director for K-12 at Qatar Academy, a school based right on Education City, opposite the Doha Convention Centre where WISE was held. This was my 4th WISE. It is still my favourite global conference and organisers do the most amazing job bringing together international experts across a large number of areas, K-12 as well as tertiary, government and NGO.

In past years I have usually attended and participated at a more passive level. This year I was invited at short notice to moderate a live debate. After taking a deep breath I agreed, and at one weeks notice worked on putting together the debate format and reading as much as I could about the topic - a topic I had no real expertise in, which I was told did not really matter as my experience and astute critical approach was conducive to the format required on the day.

The topic was to do with cognitive science - the screenshots below are from the WISE website.

Although a great challenge for me personally, it was a privilege to interact with and learn from Dr Ramia, Dr Koizumi and Dr Abadzi as their depth and breadth of knowledge was exceptional for this topic. I am going to recreate some of this debate here to show you what we discussed. I am hoping WISE might share the recording they made of the session on their website soon.

Here are some snapshots from the actual debate material.

INTRODUCTION

There has been a groundswell of brain research over the last 30 years. The medical and educational communities, once disparate professions, now have common ground in addressing the physiological and psychological evidence for human cognition. 

To clarify from the beginning, Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the mind and its processes.

This topic is important now because…..
…..The bridge created between cognitive science and education means there may be pathways for cognitive science to inform learning approaches, pedagogy and therefore improved outcomes. With new information, we can reconsider many long held assumptions about instruction, learning, and assessment. This also has implications for policy and impacts government decisions internationally.


In this session we hope to….
…. learn more about cognitive science, demystify the concept and practice and what we can expect from it to improve education for all.
Are we having unreasonable expectations?
What are the good practices to learn from internationally?

The challenge for those not working in scientific fields is to understand the terminology and appreciate the actual science behind it. This video may help to clarify…….


Dr Abedzi shared insights into how our memory works

 
Neuromyths are common misconceptions about brain mechanisms, which are taken for granted in today's society. 
Cognomyths are beliefs that people can customarily learn in ways that they can't.

Globally a large range of cultural, emotional and developmental biases have influenced the types of unscientific ideas that have emerged. Some long-standing neuromyths are present in products for educators and this has helped them to spread in classrooms across the world.

 We also discussed creativity:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” - Albert Einstein

The topic of creativity is one example when exploring the broader issue of how to translate cognitive science findings into curricula or pedagogy.

I wanted to ask about this but we ran out of time:
The role of educational technology
Development and use of adaptive digital technologies - have potential to create more learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom and reshaping the human brain.
What about the move to using technology in the learning process - mobile devices, a move away from handwriting to digital communication.
Cohort studies very important. Attention span questions
Creating expectations of how you get information and interact with the environment
  • What are the implications here for learners in relation to cognitive science?
  • What role does or could educational technology play in this?
  • Is the development of educational software based on the findings of neuroscience?


RESOURCES
Many interesting resources for cognitive science are now bookmarked in my Diigo account.

You must download this NEW publication by WISE Matters:
Explorations of Creativity: a Review for Educators and Policy Making by Helen Abadzi, Marialuisa Martelli and Silvia Primativo.



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Students present on global learning and more! - Global Education Conference 2014

The Global Education Conference is next week, November 17-21, 2014.

Right now (less then 3 days before starting) we have:
  • 250 general sessions 
  • 33 keynotes, or maybe 34 now
  • 20,347 members in the educational community!




Not sure about you, but I am planning to attend as much as I can - and learn from as many as I can. This conference is TOTALLY ONLINE, TOTALLY FREE and runs 24/7 for FIVE DAYS. There is something for everyone! The focus is on global education, global learning, global collaboration and how teachers and all learners are shifting the educational paradigm to embrace change through global connections that are often embedded into the curriculum (at all levels).

The Global Education Conference (now in its 5th year!) is a special event as it highlights innovation and cutting edge pedagogy, often with the use of new and emerging technologies. It provides inspiration to many educators globally as they hear and interact with teachers and leaders who are already out there connecting themselves and their students to the world. If you are a teacher or a leader (at any level) who wants to learn how to connect with the world in meaningful ways you MUST join some sessions and learn more.

A word about the sessions - each session runs for ONE HOUR - and presenters usually build in discussion and interaction activities. Being virtual it is easy to come in and out of the presentation rooms - and each time slot has at least 3 choices - so you can find the presentation that aligns with your needs and settle in to enjoy!

The Student Strand this year has grown and I wish to send a special thank you in advance to all teachers and students willing to step up and design a presentation that shares your global learning. We have a Student Presenters and Presentations group - everyone is welcome to join, especially students and teachers involved in the student strand presentations. Share your resources and links to your presentation material there well.


Here is the list of Student-led presentations (if I have missed any, please let me know!)


BTW - this list is in GMT+11 (my time here in Australia). Find YOUR time zone HERE.
Those highlighted in yellow are from Flat Connections teachers and students - Flat Connections is a sponsor of GEC 2014.


Tuesday 3pm
A Virtual Trip to Asia
Paramita Roy and students in Gr 6 and 8 (Julie to moderate)

Wednesday 2am
Service Learning for Highs School Students
Max Bone - Student


Wednesday 4am
Students as Tech Support
Kern Kelley

Thursday 2am
FlippingPD - Pre-Service Teachers Teaching Teachers Globally
Eva Brown
This session features students at the university level!



Thursday 12pm
A Student-Led Virtual Technology Conference? A New Model for Collaboration!
Marymount School of New York - Students


Thursday 11pm
Global Collaboration - The Student Perspective
Amy Jambor & Sheri Williams and students from Berea District, Ohio (Julie moderating)


Thursday 12pm
A Student-Led Virtual Technology Conference? A New Model for Collaboration!
Student Technology Leadership Team Marymount School of New York


Friday 3am
Students Presenting A Week in the Life - Environmental Issues
Toni Olivieri-Barton, Laura Israelsen, Cindy Nickodam and students


Friday 9am
Digiteen/Digitween - Global Digital Citizenship Project
Theresa Allen and Helen McConaghy and students (Julie moderating)


Friday 12pm
The World is Our Classroom
Anne Mirtschin and Grade 7 students (Julie moderating)


Friday 9pm
Social Entrepreneurship: The Student Voice
Sharon Brown-Peters and students


Saturday 3am
Student Stories in a Solar Cooking Project
Kathy Bosiak and students Lincolnton High School

See also my selected list of not only student presentations, but personal selections for GEC - it may help you CHOOSE where to be!

Don't forget to tweet about the conference and add the hashtag for International Education Week #IEW14 in addition to #globaled14. The GEC handle is @globaledcon

See you online in a session next week!