Friday, October 10, 2008

Tony Ryan: Thinking About Thinking Ulearn08

Tony Ryan – Thinking about Thinking

Meta level

Big 5 for thinking

“thinking as an optional extra?”

learning is thinking is learning

o self-talk
o code
o focus question – key question that draws everything in
o assessment tasks
o thinking strategies

strong digital literacy component

colour partners

signal – hands up but talking – not listening

Paired interview – max of 3 questions
Intellectually loaded – not glib
A interviews B

How do you think?

B then interviews A
NO interruptions

Anal – logical sequencial

2 types of time – chronos – ceros?

Developing an awareness for their thinking
What are you thinking at any moment?
What are you feeling?

Becoming self reflective and aware

“sky is blue”
say it loud in their mind


Nod along
Impassive face
Say it five times using fingers

how did you do that?

LOTS of ways of looking at learning – no one single theory

Model your thinking – say it out loud
You model everything

“think buddies” – up to age 10. Bring a toy in (about size of hand) talk to your thinking buddy ( a physical thing – talk aloud for a start then think it – 3rd step is to remove the physical thing

become deeply aware of self talk

lazy intellectually – doesn’t think – instead use self talking

curriculum - what
pedagogy – how (4-18)
assessment – how well we have done
reporting –

get kids to code your practice – have them code themselves

handwriting example

bad good
blunt sharp
dirty clean
slopes bad slope good

brain stuff/ memory

synapes 10-15 years most important time to work on synapse - impulsing as strong as poss
get alcohol AWAY

stretch the brain
sparkle questions
assessment tasks should be intellectually rigorous

Web 2.0 and Education: Ulearn08 with Greg Gebhart

Spotlight Breakout 3

kids are not critical at using information. kids like to blog but often in other ways like myspace
core of cutting edge teachers
huge number of teachers that havent come on board - big divide between teachers and teachers
49%of blogging done at school
google docs vs office suites
home on ps3 -- huge changes in virtual worlds
IWB's as chalk and talk - how do we engage kids in using these properly - pedagogy must be in place - talk show hosts
interactive desktops
hps new monitor - interactive desktop

technology adoption cycle.

ipod moved from being banned to being embraced and used in schools for podcasting etc

cellphones - coming up

websites for using with cellphones (some sites not available outside of us)
scanR - take photo of doc and get it emialed to you
Gcast - ring number - talk into phone - press # - recorded as podcast and is fed to rss
gabcast - same
talkshoo ?
qik - live feed from mobile
jott - reminders sent to phones
radar - picture conversation
3jam - send to groups
math4mobile - creating math on phones
wattpad -
myartspace - pics from museum
exam where kids had to use mobile etc to find info

how are we to get educators to here?
how do they learn how to use these things? learning is often play
"collective" - check presenters blog out
hitchhikr - cover all areas including education - good idea as a PD option
digital dossier

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Personal Learning Networks

Personal Learning Networks I believe are absolutely integral for quality teaching and learning. Tools such as Twitter and Diigo make forming and maintaining PLNs manageable. I am presenting a taster session at Ulearn on the value of PLNs. Please visit the wiki for more info. I would appreciate comments on the value of your PLN.

Could you please also help out by completing the following survey: for Sue Waters? Visit her blog here.

Thanks :)