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Trafalgar Primary School in Victoria, Australia, pioneers radical approaches to learning
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Learning Futures Collaborative- your views??
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An Enquiry ‘Product’ from the Social Experiment Day in July 2010
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Webcast: mapping ideas in an enquiry
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From leader-as-hero to leader-as-host

Trafalgar Primary School in Victoria, Australia, pioneers radical approaches to learning

Vicki Miles, Principal, Trafalgar Primary School in Victoria gives an overview of how her students are enhancing arts and media skills with integrated technology. Trafalgar Primary school is a progressive and innovative school that seeks to find learning experiences that support their philosophy of valuing the “whole child”. Trafalgar teachers actively engage in creating learning opportunities that support students in developing 21st century learning skills, specifically how students learn and engage with technology. With a highly successful integrated music and technology program, a fully functioning recording studio and a desire to engage with student interest, Trafalgar teachers wished to trial a number of innovative programs with their Grade 5/6 students through a newly developed open learning centre. How about trialling[…]

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Learning Futures Collaborative- your views??

In the Learning Futures Collaborative at the beginnnign of March, five teacher groups presented stories of significant change from their Learning Futures pedgaogies. All thirty people present identified key ideas throughout all five presentations and then tried to match them onto the four Learning Futures themes: School as Basecamp, School as Learning Commons, EnquiryBased learning and Extended Learning Relationships. The themes we came up with are here: Themes for LF Collaborative. We invite you to reflect on how these themes we generated from our stories of profound change connect to the four Learning Futures themes. If they don’t, what does that mean for our collaborative learning? If they do fit together – how does that work?

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An Enquiry ‘Product’ from the Social Experiment Day in July 2010

Last July we held a social experiment. Thirteen professional educators came together to undertake their own authentic enquiry. We all went up to Brandon Hill and had to select an object, artefact or place which was of interest to us.  We worked through the nine processes of authentic enquiry and on day two, each person had to present their new knowledge and reflect on their learning.  This slide show was Tim Small’s enquiry product. Tim slides View more presentations from enquiryblogger

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Webcast: mapping ideas in an enquiry

As part of The Open University’s doctoral training programme, which we’re opening increasingly to the world as open educational resources, here’s the webcast and multimedia resources from my keynote at last week’s Research Methods conference. The Cloudscape from this event, which was live-blogged, is itself a great resource to mine (see also the Research Skills clouds). It was fun putting this together, and I squeezed in as many movies and live demos as possible from the projects we’ve done with Compendium to illustrate how far Vannevar Bush’s original 1945 conception of the Memex has come (widely regarded as conceiving hypertexts, such as the Web), and how far a particular visual hypermedia tool with a very simple notation (IBIS) for mapping[…]

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From leader-as-hero to leader-as-host

Resurgence magazine (January/February 2011) recently featured an article by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze based on their new book Walk Out Walk On: A learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now. In this excerpt they make the point that the only way we are going to be able to find solutions to the many challenges we face is if we recognise that we are all in this together, rather than depending on an heroic leader. Because the issues we face are complex and interconnected there are no straight forward answers – and it’s certainly more than one individual can take on. The days of command and control are past because we now realise that we live within[…]

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