Theme 1 Table 5 (Orange)

Implications of continuously emerging technologies for learning and learners

Facilitator: Carolyn Papworth
Provocateur: Susan Mann
Topic: Motivating school learners through curriculum changes and individualising learning

Web 2.0 lends itself to a society of creators and innovators in a new age. Student-centric Web 2.0 technologies and tools are allowing more people to affordably, simply and conveniently learn in ways that are customised for them. Schools have no choice but to embrace the tools and a new paradigm for learning or otherwise risk joining a group of historical institutions that no longer have a purpose.



Comments from the Table to be added below

Mobility
Yes of course!


Skills Knowledge and literacies
Shift in methodology needs to start with pre-service teacher training /in-service mentoring - deliver the training using the technology to achieve I teach with technology because this is how I learnt - this is my paradigm


Assessment and curriculum development
National curriculum is not incorporating the framework for collaborative learning, disruptive learning
The National curriculum is being developed around traditional assessment - needs to be incorporating individualised learning repositories of assessment materials - metadata behind self assessment would guide learner to focus on difficulties and improve - everyone would be at different places in the jigsaw



Certification
Matching the personalised learning environment with formal assessment. The curriculum becomes a different mechanism - an eportfolio infrastructure is required to accommodate this
we need Commonwealth support to implement the infrastructure to allow the shift in learning and assessment


Mass amateurisation
Critical literacy skills are important this need to be incorporated in the curriculum
Teaching children how to represent and protect themselves -



Teaching methods
How can we expect teachers to use the technology if it continues to be blocked in schools
teachers have no where to 'play' and gain confidence
It's disruptive because the change is so rapid professional support and development needs to be continous
Curriculum too abstract - ie. Maths Science - need more practical applications, problem solving
Try to bring in to school what they are doing at home
Teachers needs to have assessable skills in order to effectively deliver using technology


Roles
Teacher does not need to be the expert
web 2.0 makes it easier by being able to access support communities



Other
Needs to be taken seriously at a policy level - allow the shift in paradigm