Bruce Dixon & Susan Einhorn (Anywhere Anytime Learning Foundation)
Out of the pilot 1:1 phase. First 1:1 iniative over 20 years ago.
It’s exciting to be an educator at this time.
Here to today, not because it’s technology, not because it’s a cool thing to do but becasue in 1989 5 Grade 5 & 6 teachers in a pioneering school in Melbourne thought it would be good for learning to put a laptop in the hands of students.
No Limits – the freedom to learn. Freedom to learn that made it possible for the learning medium to show the world what school should and could be. Bruce Dixon looks for those examples that shows what young people can do.
K-12 – well over 5 million will have access 24/7 to learning – not occassional access, not occassional learning – natural learning 24/7. Enthusiasm and good intent is not enough – laptops in the schools but not assigned to students – Innovators realise that is not the way to use technology with students.
One of the biggest problems around personal computers, reconceptualising what schools should and could be. We can no longer get away with the laptops screwed to the table – just because you put computers in the hands of children does not mean that learning will happen.
Challenges : Infrastructure, Pedagogy, (content-based learning vrs inquiry-based learning) Pre-conceived ideas,
What challenges do you see in building and sustaining a tehnology -rich learning environment?
It’s not about money – it’s about innovation. Don’t start off with a lump of cash. Have to have a sense of sustainability.
Are we ready for this? Video Bow Drill -
What should ubiquitious technology access make possible for schools, teachers and learners?
collaborating, allows us completely rethink how students & teachers are organised, differentiation,
Nice to hear Bruce Dixon say that learning keyboarding skills is ridiculous – wordprocessors allow everybody to express themselves equitably – keyboarding does not make 1:1 possible.
21 steps to learning (see aal.org site)
Imperatives driving New Visions for Education
There is a difference in how Generation Y are wired. They can grasp technology more quickly and are able to effectively multi-task. HOGWASH – FALICY
Henry Jenkins – sharing creations with others
“In too many of our schools ….. the technology emperor has had no clothes”
Technology-friven ideals, ill defined expectations, trivialising teacher competences, acces is a major issure 5:1 4:1 are just slightly better versions of the same thing, 59% = 59 minutes
We need to build a better understanding of the “Art of the Possible”
Identifying the Key Drivers for 1 to 1 (see photo taken)
Student attenance increases and student are more motivated and more engaged – Russell, 2004, New Brunswick 2004-06)
Students write more, more often and better (Silvermail?)