November 29, 2008 § Leave a comment
As I know you will want quick access to this file and will be referring others. Sir Ken Robinson @ SSAT.
November 29, 2008 § 1 Comment
Look, I sincerely believe that the SSAT should make this SWF file available, but also in a high quality version for use in all SSAT (and other) schools and colleges, youth facilities and even in government offices. A DVD compilation. I have left this as a request with SSAT but ….. in this ‘big boulder’ world this small pebble might not come to fruition. Sadly at present the student performances are not available at all. So if you want a copy of the presentations….. here’s PLAN B
November 28, 2008 § Leave a comment
Another inspiring student presentation with wow factor, I forget to mention the Pearl of Africa, impressive. A modern Step Up performance with great music and costume. An overview of the impact of federation was supported by series of shorter presentation by future leaders. Given the chance to lead early in their careers these presentation provided a number of take home messages for established leaders. For me the messages, although subtly different, were often repeated. Of course, this may have been the point?
This was supreme;y well supported by the final Keynote that had the audience agreeing, smiling wrily and nodding in agreement. This is one presenter to keep a track off! Richard Reeves was the highlight, the surprise package, of the SSAT 16th conference for me. Every bit a modern presenter. Great delivery, impacting and well used Kapcha slide approach.
Now the highlight for me, was talking following the presentation with Jenny Lycett the web editor. The thoughts that a simple request will get the students performance uploaded to website. There will be a fantastic resource to staff and inspiration to students at the possibilities available to them.
More in good time.
November 27, 2008 § Leave a comment
A enjoyable start to the day with a seminar style event with Sir Ken Robinson, only problem was the booking system delayed the start and frustrated a fair few delegates and of course restricted the time we had to hear him speak and confer with the audience. Technology, you can’t rely on it? Disappointingly, just ask the Minister if you dont believe me.
We then looked around the exhibition, I liked one or two products, in particular nComputing who were offer low-cost virtualization software /hardware to tap into the unused capacity of the classroom PCs and share it with other users. 1 PC acting as a host to 6 PCs.
Benefits are; creating desktop space, dramatically reducing your e-waste and recycling costs and a reduction in power, well your are only running 1 PC for 6 access points. All PCs are recognised by any classroom management software you have running.
Another interesting product was Vivo Miles. Vivo Miles is a very comprehensive rewards and sanction system and very current in its design and application. Plugins allow it to integrate with websites and they have plans to marry up with the VLE providers. A powerful way to raise standards but also for students understand and achieve economic well-being. Its a schools club card – complete with its own hole in the wall. What I will note, is that its visual presentation is excellent, a very web vogue, social networked, internet market place user interface will, IMHO engage.
Next Sir Michael Barber, again a very impressive public speaker offering an aliens aural feedback from a recent Earth inspection – the written feedback to be posted later. Outlining where perhaps organisational failing are impacting on education. Concluding with E(K+T+L) an the equation / solution left by the aliens to prompt thinking. That Knowledge plus Thinking plus Leadership underpinned by ethics is required for effective leadership, and from his tone, not only in education.
Charles Leadbeater – web thinker / innovator highlighted the shareability of the web, and that term again, web 2.0. For the SSAT conference, I felt that the pitch was excellent, as web innovators / enthusiasts often engulf their audience with techno speak / babble. I wise decision considering the next keynote information….
‘The web allows them (Charles Leadbeater referred mainly to learners, which this context inferred students, but I am confident his view is broader than that) not just to publish but to share and connect, to collaborate and when the conditions are right, to create, together, at scale.’
His analogy of big organisations as boulders, including schools, being hard to move was coupled with the new technologies as pebbles more fluid and flexible, slowly swamping the cumbersome boulders. I enjoyed the analogy of User Generate Content (UGC) as pebbles, but I think the boulders are a little further up the beach than he perhaps presented, but that would have been a far less impressive communique. And yes, perhaps Google and little brother Youtube are the best pebble examples in the mainstream. In fairness he touched on others, World of Warcarft, Sims, Flickr.
(What would a seminar follow up with? Twitter? Social BookMarking)
Should any educator stumble upon the post FREE animation tools and some great examples! Now stickman may look simple, but our Year 7s and 8s spend hours creating and share it and there is a huge back channel / community sharing ideas.
Finally, the impact of generations and eras on leaders and leadership and Dr Graeme Codrington keynote. Although not obvious to me as an aspiring young teacher, this is very important. Ironically, it was as important to the seasoned professionals in the audience. It would appear, few of the professionals in the audience, either young or seasoned, had fully considered the imapct of their default settings on colleagues they worked with. Something to reflect upon. Dr Graeme Codrington has promised that these slides will be available but a short cut to the download section of his site.
So, another very good day. Now for the informal learning.
November 26, 2008 § Leave a comment
Its day one of the SSAT conference. The 3000 delegates. Impressive venue and the first two speaker set an enquiring tone. Sir Dexter Hutt, only introduced the conference but I felt that there was more I could gleaned from his approach to leadership and his experiences. IMHO it was a shame he was only introducing the Conference. A key reflection being that unless you change the ‘default setting’ for education, the outcome will rarely be changed. Change the default setting, the example given was to change the ugly 4 rows config of the ICT rooms classroom configuration, and outcome is changed. (I know I that Hamble College need need to change the ugly 4 rows configuration of the ICT rooms to change the way student interact with one another, currently interaction is limited.)
Sir Ken Robinson followed and the audience warmed to his ‘slight of hand’ delivery and humour, did you know he now lived in California? And for the record he was never formerly known as Audrey? His key message was clear, creativity, ‘original ideas that add value,’ should be a central concern for educators. That creativity and intelligence are not divergent themes. Interesting, an observation, and only tongue in cheek, Sir Ken Robinson used the ‘default’ TIMES NEW ROMAN text font in his Powerpoint slides, old default habits die hard. Again, a thoroughly thought provoking, expertly delivered Keynote.
The default system schools rely on, the way are schools are organised, doesnt make it possible to make many special efforts, thats why they are called ‘special efforts.’
So to the final point of the post. I am confident you are not interested in a second hand, vacious experience of the SSAT Conference. And thats is my exact reason for writing. Whilst we were listening to the Keynote from ‘up in the nose bleeds’ the video was being screen live on the back drop behind the speakers. So its being videod LIVE. So it must be being streamed? It must be available to re-watch right? To reflect upon? To share with teachers all over the SSAT network? To share with our colleagues on our return? Yes Sir Ken, even your small blooper could be edited out? SSAT or is it IMM? Apparently the streamed content is here? As yet no content, is it being streamed? Regards? By day 2, the presentations are being hosted and available for streaming, I am not sure for how long so get on and watch.