@dan_bowen Very true
@dan_bowen Very true
The educational landscape is becoming increasingly complex for teachers and school executives. There are more teaching methods, programs, syllabus documents & courses available than ever before. In addition to this, schools are also wrestling with how to best integrate technology into the curriculum.
The Using Technology Better team work directly with over 300 schools a year, and indirectly with close to 1000 (through combined PD courses etc).
The story is the same across all these schools.
1. Principals and teachers responsible for developing a technology plan are struggling to find unbiased advice that isn’t a thinly veiled sales pitch for a product.
2. Often schools are showcased as exemplary models of how things should be done (yet the model rarely works in other contexts)
3. You find it hard to find research based evidence that clearly shows what is working [and what isn’t] AND when you find something that seems to work, the technology changes and your model seems obsolete.
We can’t make your job easier, but we can make it more sustainable
The Using Technology Better BYOD Symposium has brought together some of Australia’s foremost thinkers and researchers to talk about ICT research, creating and executing a technology plan that will serve you now and into the future.
We’ve designed an event that will cut through the noise and inform you of the latest research in a ‘no bull’ way.
You won’t hear the usual content often regurgitated at technology conferences. You will hear a fresh perspective and current thinking. Other presenter will be talking about this in 2 years time.
All presenters have been hand picked for their expertise and results they are getting as they work with schools and education departments.
Each presenter will be available to answer your questions in the breaks and at our ‘ask the panel’ session.
The Teachers library is our online collection of training resources where you can watch the recordings and ask your questions.
@edutopia Whatever the future holds, there is no substitute for a teacher.
3. @DavidGeuri You don’t have to be a tech-expert to find ways to make digital tools relevant in your classroom.
@JasonElsom The jobs of a Teacher (a selection).
@jmattmiller Learn to TEACH like a PIRATE!
@edutopia The key to a better tomorrow.
@ibpossum I lost this for a little while – but I am glad it is back 🙂
It’s not that they didn’t try. The problem hasn’t been with their vision or their commitment to change. They have done their research, been to conferences and undergone training. Yet they haven’t achieved the result they want.
If your goal is to put the best educational technology in the hands of your students, you have the wrong goal. Using the best technology shouldn’t be the goal.
Yeah, I know that the goal is to improve student outcomes. But if this were the case, why do we ask what technology is the best instead of how we can improve student outcomes?
A one-to-one program won’t solve your problems. It can exacerbate them! If you don’t have a clear vision for how technology will improve teaching and learning within your school’s context, you’re wasting your time.
When you start the discussion, quite often, the device you prefer dictates the vision, the infrastructure, the training for the staff and, ultimately, the pedagogy.
So just for a minute, forget technology exists and answer the question, how do we want our students to learn? When you can answer in crystal-clear detail, you’re ready to formulate your strategy.
As you progress, change your strategy to address the issues that arise. But as you do, continue forming your vision and the culture that will ensure your success.
While formulating their BYOD plan in the vacuum of accurate information, schools tend to do so under the proverbial microscope. By this I mean they lack the necessary breadth of experience and perspective that enables them to learn principles from a range of learning contexts. Principles are transferrable, programs aren’t.
Too often the problem is a case of the blind leading the blind.
Most BYOD plans were drawn up in response to another school’s model. The problem with following models developed by others is, it’s THEIR model.
I’m yet to attend a conference where a presenter stood up and outlined in detail his school’s struggles, failures and disappointments.
But the reality is: Every effective BYOD plan has addressed specific issues within a school.
But if you’d copy another school’s plan, your plan will never be as effective because your situation is unique.
To ensure your BYOD plan is effective, you need to rise above the details, get a clear view and then navigate your path to your goal.
We have developed a Digital Leadership for Learning Program that aims to help you gain a clear perspective of how to achieve your goal, as well as provide to you the tools necessary to formulate your very own BYOD plan that works.
We will fast track you through the fundamental principles needed to formulate your plan that are specific to you and your unique learning context, as well as provide to you ongoing support and coaching to see you meet if not exceed your goals.
Our program was launched at the beginning of 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. Plans are in place to accommodate other countries if there is demand.
Our program is the same for all counties, but the face-to-face sessions conducted at each location is unique.
Contact us to learn more.
Tech in the classroom
A digital pacifier or real world tool?
It seems the expected revolution in education didn’t turn out as thought. Maybe what we’ve had has been more of an evolution. Watch this podcast to learn how.
0:00:13.0 Evolution in Education
0:00:43.9 What Does Better Mean?
So it seems to me that there’s been a revolution promised. But maybe what we haven’t had is a revolution. Maybe what we’ve had has been more of an evolution. So there has been an evolution in education, not a revolution.
Now we want to be in the business of teaching better, okay? We want our schools to be better. We want the staff that we are helping to lead and encourage and train. We want them to teach better. We want to create better learning experiences for our students, and we want to have students to be able to learn better in schools. But I don’t know if you’ve ever taken the time to actually ask the question, what does better mean?
Now does better mean that it’s more engaging for the students? Does better mean that we get better results? Is the fact that teaching is better or that learning better is it that it’s more trendy? And if teaching with technology is a better way, why is it better?
Now when I ask teachers that question, I actually get the opportunity to see and eyeball them to look in their face to have a conversation with them. Generally what happens is, we start off with this general notion about, well, things are better, or they should be better. But when we ask for specific ways in which they can be better, sometimes we struggle. Now we’ve got to understand this because after 20 years of having a one-to-one or a technology plan in schools in Australia, you’d think that we’d be able to answer the question more succinctly about how is technology enhancing things, why is teaching better with technology, how is the learning enhanced?
Thank you Mike! I really found the 4 week course on ‘How to Motivate, Manage & Engage Your Students’ really interesting and great food for thought on how to improve my class routines and student engagement. I look forward to the next sessions with the technology course.
Kiki TsoliBankstown Senior College
Just replayed last week’s session and enjoyed it just as much second time around. This is a great facility!
Where was this kind of training when I did my Bachelor of teaching???
Ken SullivanSunning Hill School
(Juvenile Correctional Centre)
I just wanted to say an extra big thank you for providing such a great service. Online, at night and in the comfort of home – with my two young children asleep in the other room – pretty awesome actually. It was very engaging and entertaining.
OMG!!! What a change! This class has a lot of students in it, and I find the room very small for all the different personalities. But after I set the picture, the students were working with me instead of against me.
Vicki NationChair Mathematics Faculty
I have been teaching for four years, and this was the best Professional Development course I have completed…even the students said to me “you should do these things more often.
Ailie GrangerGriffith High School
Mike, awesome course, fantastic resources and a real wake-up for someone who considers himself technically astute but not necessarily updated!
Shaun HardyTechnological and Applied Studies Teacher
Coffs harbour High School
Today was amazing. By far the best PD I have done in my 5 years of Teaching.
Josh HardingHead of IT - Cobham Intermediate School
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