The Digital Learning Farm as Core Practice (@Braddo) #blc11

I could not get all of this down at all and these notes a very rough. Really cool session!
The Digital Learning Farm as Core Practice
Speakers Brad Ovenell-Carter (@Braddo)
Website: http://ovenell-carter.com/http://spot.thinkglobalschool.com/
  • We shouldn’t be doing things just for the sake of doing it. Brad only uses technology if it’s the only way to achieve the goal set forth. Otherwise, he’s an old fashions paper and pen kind of guy.
  • TED talk by Kevin Slavin (Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world): http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_slavin_how_algorithms_shape_our_world.html
    • algorithms are changing the way we are and changing our environment
  • Microtrading
  • Curriculum
    • there is a core → we explore program (applied learning using spot) → real research
      • applied learning – have an official scribe
      • uploaded into spot with phone
    • need a behavioural change AND a system change
      • must have a system that will allow it to grow
  • 3:1 program – every student given iPad, Mac, and iPhone
  • Tagging system — so imporant!
    • stay in the question: we don’t know where the information is going… where things are going to land
    • tag data so that you can use it later on
    • spot: elgg-based platform; open sources; whatever device students are using can go here and be tagged; becomes a giant source of information
  • Interview question: “why are we here? why do we teacher?”
  • Saying you learn addition so that you can balance a checkbook is not a good reason!
  • Content → skills → purpose
  • End of paper must answer: “so what, who cares”
  • 6 jobs: scribes, researchers, tutorial designers, curriculum reviewers, collaboration coordinators, community builders
  • On Sunday, whole school sits down and plans out the next week (they are on Monday-Sunday schedule)
    • teacher then creates page with: date, time, summary of assignment, who is in charge of each task, assessment, etc
      • NOTE: this template is given to teacher; same for all teachers!
    • assigning jobs to students is very important
      • you might assign a note-taker who you know is bad. it’s important that he practices without students saying, “oh nooo”. so at the end, whole class looks at the notes together for accuracy and edits. sometimes he even has the notes up on the projector as class is going.
      • need to make sure that the “bad notetaker” doesn’t have a bad stigma associated with it; take the ego out of it; we all make mistakes, let’s put it out there and get over ourselves
      • when students see the “bad notetaker” is assigned the task, they start to take better notes to help that guy out…
  • Give teachers a prompt!
    • this is the way we are going to work; here is the support
    • must have good professional development in place
  • All teachers given the same template to work from
    • scribe, for instance, becomes a standard word
  • Students also given template to work from
    • students also taught to filter through the notes
  • “Exploit informal learning”
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