RUConnected #79 Holiday Catchup

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In this episode Lois and Jenny talk about Mobile2015, school visits, shopping and slide2learn.
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Jenny went to Mobile 2015 in Tucson, Arizona

IPad configuring – redeeming free apps

Creating online student TV – crucial factors:

  • knowing the students what are their strengths,
  • ability to work in teams,
  • writing and elaboration,
  • choosing a topic and succinctly but thoroughly presenting the information,
  • performing by being engaging and speaking with authority.

Shopping- books, robots, drones and Pendo’s


Jenny’s robot shopping

Lois Visited Yinnar Primary School – A school so committed to a philosophy about learning and effort rather than compliance and completing a task. The teachers and students explicitly develop the understanding that failure is just part of the journey and celebrating the steps not the finished product is more powerful. They recognise students for effort over outcome and give feedback that empowers students. There are five types of feedback; Confirmation, Corrective, Explanatory, Diagnostic, and Elaborative. Coaching teachers is an entrenched approach in the school, using video and analysis to move forward. Book discussions after school in place of meetings help to further knowledge and understanding. All teachers were given their own copies of the key books for their personal professional library when they teach at Yinnar PS.

Lois’s Book Shopping:

Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential, by Carol Dweck (Intelligence or talent is not set)

Challenging Learning, by James Nottingham (Feedback)

Building Learning Power: Helping Young People Become Better Learners, by Guy Claxton Language of learning eg. Managing your distractions

Outstanding Formative Assessment: Culture and Practice by Shirley Clark. Questioning techniques and students discussing “philosophically” questions of which there is no one anwer, No hands up, just thumbs up to let the teacher know they know, discussion groups and sharing.

Growth Mindset Pocketbook by Barry Hymer (came highly recommended too)

Jenny is helping to design her new school and has attended Bastow to find out about learning spaces with Ewan MacIntosh – The learning spaces you need to plan for include:

watching, secret spaces, performing, collaborative, participation, publishing

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