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...

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...

Understanding Affordances Part Two

The wonderful thing about sharing your learning openly on a blog is that people comment on your posts and contribute to your learning. Yesterday, shortly after I published the first post in this series, the post was commented on by Jenny Mackness, a scholar whose work I very much admire. She shared with me two links, full of fantastic information about affordances, and exploring this information has filled my day today. I love how blogging ‘affords’ these connections with others who are interested in similar topics, and the way that the commenting feature ‘affords’ the ability to share information (see what...

Understanding Affordances Part One

The concept of affordances is a slippery one. Although it seems simple enough on the surface, when you begin digging a little deeper, things become confusing. Hence this series of posts. In part one, I explore what the concept of affordance means, and identify my suggestions as to the affordances of a personal learning network. In part two, I will present some suggestions of what may be some of the affordances of a PLN, based upon the research in part one. I hope you find this interesting and useful! There is a great deal of ambiguity and confusion over the term affordance,...

Theories of Connected Learning

The simplest way to define a theory is that it is a way of explaining how something works, or why something happens the way that it does. To understand connected learning, and to create effective connected learning environments, we need to understand how learning happens. Several wise people (their names are listed in the reference list at the end of the infographic) have developed explanations, or theories, as to how learning happens. These theories are very extensive, because learning is complex, and happens in different ways according to the context, the individual and the circumstances. What I present below is...

The Australian education system : Is the sky falling?

Already February 8 2017 – doesn’t time fly! We are all so busy, juggling work, family and study, keeping the house presentable and dreaming of a long distant holiday when we can ‘get away from it all’. Change seems constant, we suffer from information overload and demands seem to come from every direction. Has life ever been as complex and challenging? We are constantly connected and receiving information – whereas once we read the morning newspaper, watched the evening television news bulletin and got in touch with family with a weekly phone call and an annual Christmas card, we now...

Play, passion, purpose

Two weeks ago I was fortunate to have the opportunity to share two days leading the staff of Our Lady of the Way, Petrie, through a hands on, play focused workshop. Drawing upon a number of different sources, I designed and developed a series of discovery stations, and the teaching staff had almost two whole days to play, experiment, collaborate and investigate with as many stations as they wished. It was so much fun! In this post, I’d like to share the inspiration for these two days, a little about how the two days ran and what I learnt from the...