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Reflections on readings for week 2

WEEK 2: 1. Digital and Collaborative learning
21st C Learning Design

Six rubrics of 21st c learning. Each with skills:
1. Collaboration 
2. Knowledge construction 
3. Self regulation 
4. Real world problem solving and innovation 
5. Use of ICT for learning 
6. Skilled communication 

1. COLLABORATION 
Working with others, and quality of collaboration. Shared responsibility making decisions together. Groups can be across schools and community. Students decide on the content, process and product. Interdependent means all students must participate. The role of each student is essential.

2. KNOWLEDGE CONSTRUCTION 
Generate ideas and understanding that is new to students. Strongest activities require students to apply knowledge and connect info from 2 or more academic disciplines. Interpretation, analysis, synthesis, evaluation . Main requirement is time spent on analysis,rather than finding information. Must apply knowledge. Application of knowledge means they use their knowledge to construct a new task in a new context. eg Grade students on quality of data AND writing skills. Learning goals in more than one subject.

4. REAL WORLD PROBLEM SOLVING AND INNOVATION 
problem solving uses data or situations from the real world. Problems are experienced by real people. Solutions for plausible audience. eg. Re Write a Shakespeare play for a teenage audience. They are required to communicate their ideas to someone outside the academic context.

5. USE OF ICT FOR LEARNING
Students are required to use the ICT. eg. Email students from another country to see impact of drought on community. Designers when they create products others can use. Think of the audience who will use their product.

3. SELF REGULATION 
Activity is long term. Students have learning goals in advance of completing work. They can revise work based on feedback. They plan their own work

6. SKILLED COMMUNICATION
Students are asked to produce multi modal communication. Craft their communication for a particular audience. Not face to face: rather a permanent form like podcast, Skype email. Extended communication means a sequence of video, a podcast, a page of presentation that connects several ideas.
Multi modal is when it includes more than one type of communication mode or tool. Eg blog post including text and audio/ visual media. Communication requires supporting evidence. They must have a specific group with specific needs in order to shape their communication appropriately.

Video: What 60 schools can tell us about teaching 21st C skills Grant Lichtman Ted talk.
Students ownership of learning is noisy and chaotic. Schools are permeable. Anywhere anytime. Relevant. Self correcting. Schools are becoming creative spaces. Cognitosphere: system of knowledge creation and management. Where do we want to be? 
1. Adults have anchored the control.
2. Dams have been built. Shove kids into packets
3. Silos: classroom divisions.

Teach into the unknown.
Self evolving learning
Self evolving organizations 

Preparing students for their future, not our past.

Video: teaching in the 21st Century

2. Leadership:

TOWARDS RECONCEPTUALISING LEADERSHIP: Paper
Knowledge as a verb: something we do something with. Co construction and co ownership of the curriculum. Role of teachers as leaders. Emphasis on problem solving and thinking outside the box. Collective ownership and shared decision making. 
5 subheadings:
1. Engaging with the bigger picture in the NZC. Some find it hard to think that we can redesign the NZC
2. Seeing roles differently: principals who are willing to share responsibility 
3. Responses to uncertainty: Some principals like the idea of change. Some are reluctant.
4. Individual efficacy: need time and reservoirs of energy for teachers for ‘teacher thinking’
5. Voice/ power and the tyranny of the urgent : There are competing urgent priorities. So instead of sharing leadership, principals do it themselves. Add listening to student feedback and it becomes too hard.

UNITEC SERVICES Video 
Students card, library etc

Hattie’s 8 Mindframes Video 
Golden rule for teachers: Know Thy Impact
1. Fundamental task is to evaluate the effect of my teaching on my students’ learning and achievement 
2. The success and failure of my students’ learning is about what I do or don’t do. I am a change agent.
3. I want to talk more about learning than teaching
4. Assessment is about my impact
5. I teach through dialogue not monologue 
6. I enjoy challenge and never retreat into doing my best.
7. It’s my role to develop positive relationships in class and staff rooms.
8. I inform all about the language of learning.

Why do competencies matter? Video

No longer just the transmission of information. Students must learn how to learn to adapt to new social conditions. System must be flexible. Wit curiosity knowledge and compassion. 

Best evidence synthesis: school leadership and student outcomes. What works and why?
Too long!

Confronting the challenges of participatory culture. Media Ed.
Teenagers create media content and then share it . They feel their contributions matter and feel some degree of connection. Gives peer to peer learning.

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