Contemporary Teenage Learning – their terms – their turf – our expertise

In June 2010 West Moreton Anglican College commenced the development of its 5 year Technology and Information Services Strategy, incorporating Digital Teaching and Learning. In February 2011 they launched their Personal, Mobile Technology Learning Vision by providing 170 year 12 students and 40 teachers with an Apple iPad. This program has been supported by virtual, collaborative spaces using Edublogs, Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, the College launched its own iDevice App available on iTunes that gives students and teachers instant, secure access to information including their timetable, daily notices, assessment and excursion calendars and College events calendar. This session revisits key decisions that were required to be made in order to support this initiative, risks identified, obstacles, benefits to students and teachers and a look toward the next few years of this ongoing initiative.

Tricia O’Keefe, West Moreton Anglican College, QLD

My Notes and Thoughts:

  • Visionary Leadership
  • Engaging Curriculum
  • Exceptional Educators
  • Efficient Processes
  • 21C Information Services
  • Resilient Infrastructure and Superior Service
  • From these 6 areas then set priority tasks.
  • They trimmed back their IT Team – and used funds for new projects…..
  • Device chosen – iPad
  • Set up new Wireless Network – DENSITY!!!!
  • 100% Server refresh – Started again from scratch…
  • Deployed devices – teachers and staff and support site.
  • Totally Cloud Based!!!!
  • Word, powerpoint, big expensive LMSs…. $$$$, boring text…. No Thanks
  • iPad Apps provide cheap interactive, contemporary, support student lifestyle…. Most students have office applications at home….
  • Not all teachers got an iPad
  • 16Gb Wi-Fi only.
  • Specifically marketed as device… “Not a lap top” – serves different purpose….
  • Every Device re-imaged every year.
  • Most apps are free – about $35 of apps on each – list to be posted.
  • Have set up AppChat
  • Now looking at app development.
  • 40 teachers now have ipads. – 3G enabled – Staff buy there own pre-paid sim card.
  • WestMac – App developed – all notices, timetable, excursions, assessment… all on device… Awesome!
  • Games first but slowly learnt how to use for the right things and manage.

Keynote Address 3 – Next Generation Learning – Teacher Enabled Technology


In this paradigm of next-generation learning models, students and teachers—both secondary and post-secondary—will have access to high-quality, relevant, and engaging content in a variety of forms. Class time and structure will be more flexible, to adapt to the learning needs of the students. Students will have access to multiple sources of instruction and use assessment and diagnostic tools to help direct the pace and format of their learning. Teachers will tailor their instruction and guidance to ensure progress and mastery for all students, with a focus on those who have historically been under served.
Andrea Foggy-Paxton, Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

In this paradigm of next-generation learning models, students and teachers—both secondary and post-secondary—will have access to high-quality, relevant, and engaging content in a variety of forms. Class time and structure will be more flexible, to adapt to the learning needs of the students. Students will have access to multiple sources of instruction and use assessment and diagnostic tools to help direct the pace and format of their learning. Teachers will tailor their instruction and guidance to ensure progress and mastery for all students, with a focus on those who have historically been under served.

Andrea Foggy-Paxton, Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

My Notes & Thought

  • Driven by the desire to Differentiate for ALL Students!
  • “seat time” sitting in a classroom learning nothing!
  • “Routine Learning = Routine Jobs” – Jobs these days are NOT Routine…
  • How do we make learning more personalised, adaptive and interactive…
  • Students need personalised learning tools that support them as needs arise.
  • Technology offers teachers a much more powerful tool than what is available now.
  • Teachers today have sooooo many different resource banks, tools, databases, apps… to try to engage in differentiated eLearning.
  • The goal is to design systems where learning algorithms that monitors and tracks student individual learning and interest, assess where they are and then suggests individualised modular content to take the next steps – what a dream!!
  • See “Reasoning Mind” Clip
  • These initiatives hope to allow teachers to manage the collection and analysis of student date and the collation and packaging of individualised learning experiences
  • School of One!!!
  • It is envisaged that staff professional development happens in the same way.
  • Algorithms driving learning…. informing teachers….
  • This goes to the extent that today’s student assessment will inform tomorrow’s class schedule!!! So… we will give you your schedule for tomorrow at 8:00am tomorrow…. But.. over time teachers can narrow down into their strengths and expertise matched with the students that learn in their style.

Schools of the 21c

App to control car…. I-car remote… $6.99 from app store 🙂
technology I’d generally there – but… Teachers still sage on the stage up the front… How much is spent on teacher pd?

Get rid of computer labs… 1:1 in rowed classroom – modern computer lab?!

Where to next?

  • Generation alpha….skillsets of digital interactivity
  • 9 month year olds – can’t walk, can’t talk…. Can use I-phone.
  • Download speeds are improving rapidly… This changes the game plan. Wireless cool, but… High speed data outlets also to be considered.
  • New devices / opportunities:  Lenovo – think pad tablet,  ASUS transformerMotorola Atrix

Mobile Learning
. One device, smarter, faster, cloud, 24/7,  nokia / samsung phone with data screen projector, infrared project keyboard, battery charging devices…. Shortly phone will have all functionality of a computer.
Motorolla Atrix…. Insert clip.
Mobile phone technology clip – 90% of world…..
Learning in the 21c – taking it mobile. Some research indicates this staff that make the best use of technology are those that use their smart phones most. Get report.
Get Poto… express for phone.
Try scanR on phone, cartoonatic, fotopedia, instant heart rate, talk to me, google sky

Have we turned a corner? With staff now using technology… Smart phones, Facebook, ….. How dp we get staff to get involved in their next stage of learning. Establish your own professional network… Make the technology work for you…use blogs, wiki’s, nings, I-google.

What is being creative….

…. Coz we always learn when we try!!!!!


Breaking out of the Traditional and Moving into the Digital


The planning process for the introduction of the 1 to 1 Learning Program took 2 years. However, discussion first started about 6 years ago! Matthew Flinders Anglican College rolled out 800 laptops to students in years 7 through to 12 at the beginning of 2011. At the same time, a decision was made to move towards a mostly Apple platform. During the 6 years of discussion, 2 years of intensive planning and 8 months of implementation there have been many difficulties, challenges and successes. We now have a program that has been embraced by teachers, students and the broader community. This presentation will identify and provide opportunity for discussion about the challenges and successes in moving a school from traditionally focused curriculum and pedagogy to well integrated technology that enhances both the curriculum and pedagogy.

Steven McLean, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, QLD

My  Notes/Thoughts:

  • Similar journey to us – staff roll out of laptops.
  • Two full time eLearning Pedagogy Coaches
  • Apple Platform – all teachers issued MacBook Pros
  • Examined their vision – and felt that to truly achieve the statement, they HAD to adopt technology almost urgently.
  • Students MUST leave school as competent users of technology to succeed in tomorrow’s society/community…
  • Effective and works… but best option, method, results for now?  Ukranian Dentist Example (insert video)
  • Sold vision and 1:1 with staff, students and parents – Substantitive Dialogue
  • Showed slide show of “typical classroom photos” from 18XX – 2007… Kids in rows, teacher up the front…
  • Goal – Most technologies in classroom are no longer noticed…..
  • Addressed typical 1:1 program steps inc. DER.
  • Evolution to Revolution
  • Single biggest issue to confront and invest – SUPPORT TEACHERS WITH THEIR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Started with Welliver’s Instructional Model – but instructed how, but not what.
  • Moved to SAMR Model: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition
  • Tackled moving through continuum by moving to TPACK model
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  • Need 15-20% of staff to change practice/direction – and that is the critical mass that will initiate mass change throughout the school (school of sardines analogy).
  • Choice of devices based on RELIABILITY and PEDAGOGY – not the focus.
  • Recently had forum on one of their units, they had 6000 hits, including input from international participants.
  • Classrooms have changed.


Sit at your desk, face forward and be quiet…or stand up, in a circle and make some noise?

Design Process: Tyically a systematic timeline of steps with ICT and Furniture at the end!!!
Flexibility, Teacher Data Requirements, AVI… just not considered enough, each step of the way with all involved…

Presentation then then went through many products… I found some informative you tube clips on the topic…

The space can really “free your pedagogy”. Uptake in primary schools seems more rapid then secondary – BER would have had an influence…
Idea Paint, Mobile Green Screen, Mobile divider…. some great new innovations…. Pop out computer screen from desktop….

A test space is recommended and experiment….
Break it down to learning activities
Flexible and re-configurable furniture
Cable Management

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The Future of Assessment and Education – Panel

Panel Discussion
Ramona Pierson, Promethean and Andrea Foggy-Paxton, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Facilitator: Peter Kent, Promethean

From now to wow!  How do we get there?

You just have to “leap in”, “have a go”… the journey will progress, in different ways… start moving…

Like John Kennedy’s quote… “DO SOMETHING!”

“De-center pedagogy” – let students create the content and deliver/teach…

This does have major implications for “assessment”. If kids are content creators and demonstrating understanding that way…. Where does the future of assessment lay?    Increasingly student folios (ideally digital) can be used for students to demonstrate understanding and even choose how they are going to do this.

The role of students as assessors is also worth exploring.  Students may not care about their grades… but do value the feedback and opinion of their peers.

Need to maintain focus on the foundation of writing was emphasized, some of this is under threat.  However there are also some good applications to help teach/learn the elements of good writing.  Henry Jenkins work, in particular digital literacy was recommended.

The issue of the rigorous exam based university entry procedures can be seen as a barrier for creativity, other ways to assess and possibly the value of 21c skills.  In the US studies are trying to show that formative assessment and broader assessment types, actually provide a statistically more accurate entry information.  This is a largely political and cultural issue.  Change is in the wind?

It is going to be the data that will help drive change in the long run.  Both teacher anecdotal and standardised… As we continue this journey and these digital curriculum programs and student centered pedagogy continue to spread the date will increasingly demonstrate the advantages…..

What implications does this have on teacher performance assessment…. especially if we are having such flexible, differentiated tasks….?  The increased data as we digitalise give greater opportunity for “virtual scheduling” 🙂 – where we can match teachers with the students that suit their way of teaching.  This will lead to success of that teacher – escpecially if they are sought after…. money may then flow in that direction…. others will want to learn from them to be able to tap into these rewards (student learning or money)… slowly a performance driven teaching learning community grows…..

Proactive ICT Leadership

Traditional school IT management and support responds and reacts to educational (or business) requirements. Modern, responsible school leaders need to understand and proactively establish systems and structures that enable the school’s core business of teaching and learning. This means both understanding technological decisions and translating educational requirements into technological solutions. This session explores a behind the scenes look at ICT staffing, systems and structures required to sustain a team approach bridging technical and educational understandings.

Christine Haynes, ICT Coordinator, Immanuel Primary School, Novar Gardens, SA

Build infrastructure
. Create a what if plan / flowchart

  • Intellectual property of processes – must be available to back up.
  • Process documentation vital
  • Roll descriptions vital including tech vs educational

Supporting Learners

  • Do we “help users learn how to fix problems themselves”

Build Professionals

  • Who wears tech badge? Leaders? Principals?
  • PD Strategy

Access Technology

  • Once established base – ensure using latest and opportunities

Enable Teaching and Learning

  • tech pd and rollout firtst.
  • Then… Talk about teaching and learning

Project Plans… Online… eVERY project!
Communication Plan
System and Network documentation, licensing, available on line….
Contingency Plans

Avoid ttwwadi – That’s The Way We’ve Always Done It!

Strategically Developing an Environment for Construction, Collaboration and Inquiry

After a brief case study of The Friends’ School, participants in this workshop will use tools such as Google Docs to collaboratively construct an inquiry into the question “What are my priorities for developing an environment for construction, collaboration and inquiry?” This session will be of interest to IT leaders, integrators and coordinators. You will get the most out of this session if you bring along a wireless enabled laptop with an internet browser of some description.

Presentation notes: notes

My Notes
…. Good use of google docs to get us talking…