Advocacy: Print this poster and spread the word – we NEED school libraries and teacher librarians!

There are a lot of positive moves afoot to protect and promote our school libraries and teacher librarians. Check out the amazing support being provided by Leigh Hobbs, Australian Children’s Laureate, The role that a school library and a qualified teacher librarian may play in the literacy lives of children makes their full time presence in every school, primary and secondary, a no brainer for me. I have written previously about the reasons why we need school libraries and teacher librarians more than ever, despite the fact that we carry the internet in our pockets. This is another way that I...

Personalised Learning through the PLN

I have been thinking a lot about the value of connections in a PLN and whether or not creating your PLN using a combination of openly networked platforms (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, blogging, G+ etc) enables a more ‘personalised’ experience. @willrich45 @soozietwits Personalised learning can never be ‘delivered’; it must be created by the learner themselves using connections within & beyond their network — Kay Oddone (@KayOddone) April 11, 2017 Just what do you mean by open? I realise that a social network such as Facebook is not necessarily the most ‘open’ of spaces. Having just watched the 4 Corners episode entitled Cracking the...

Digital Footprints – mine, yours, ours

This week I have begun participating in a MOOC being run by the University of Edinburgh about our digital footprint. As I am deeply entrenched in PhD research regarding personal learning networks (PLN), the concept of a digital footprint is of course extremely interesting to me, because learning through a PLN leaves indelible traces all over the internet – wherever, in fact, you connect and learn with others. Gaining a well developed online presence is one of the many benefits of learning through a PLN – your connections, the learning and knowledge that you share, the things you discover and...

Innovate or Transform…

21st Century Digital… What? We are seventeen years into the ’21st century’, but for education, I’m not sure that we realise this yet. There is shared agreement that schooling in its current form, is not necessarily synonymous with learning, nor preparing students for what Jan Owen,CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, says is a ‘new work order‘. Excited to be presenting @EduTECH_AU #FutureSchools Expo this morning on preparing young ppl for the #NewWorkOrder #enterpriseskills pic.twitter.com/bN2JZG9IuD — Jan Owen (@JanOwenAM) March 22, 2017 Old models, which futurist and architect Prakash Nair calls ‘cells and bells‘ will not help students develop...

Effective Professional Learning – Strategies for Implementation

One of the reasons that I am completing my PhD is because I want to learn more about how I can provide effective professional learning opportunities. Part of my literature review focused on what makes effective professional learning, and I have spent today thinking about different strategies for implementing meaningful learning. As I know we are all time poor, and that my last few posts have been rather text heavy, I have collated my thinking as an infographic. I think it is more practical as a poster/presentation, as the goal is that this document may be a focus for discussions...