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Monday, April 3, 2017

PCE_Learning Technologies & Teacher Development IATEFL 2017

This is a post to share key insights from the speakers at the PCE
(Pre Conference Event)
Two SIGs (Special Interest Groups) are involved in this :
LT (Learning Technologies)  and  TD (Teacher Development)

Throughout the conference days I'll send the key points and insights of the sessions I attend.
I feel highly motivated to share this with you as a Registered Blogger for IATEFL
Off we go then!




APPLYING START-UP THINKING TO TEACHER DEVELOPMENT
(Jo Sayers and Nick Robinson )

The start up mindset:
*Curiosity
*No fear
*Encourage teachers to be fearless
*Speak to people you are building product or service for

Solutions that don't start with the learner needs at the center are a risk
To understand your users more deeply, go into discussions with a sense of curiosity. Find out what really works for them

Identify and articulate the value you offer
How are teachers going to benefit by that?
Explore possibilities
Design > Evaluate > Deliver
Test with people who you know will pick holes and criticise your work.
No product is perfect.It’s by being open to hearing about the shortfalls that we make things better.
Expect to keep on changing and adapting things as you go.

Many teachers feel really lost when it comes to digital
Teachers like a variety of resources, with resources being more popular than courses and lesson plans

Here's a shared folder with more info https://goo.gl/zvSxmU

DESIGN THINKING AND ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Gabriel Díaz Maggioli  

A way of organising complexity or finding clarity in chaos through synthesis. In synthetizing we forge connections through selective pruning and visual organisation.
How do we understand the experiences of our participants? Questionnaire that focuses on problems teachers have had. With that wealth of information we understand that context, we need to walk a mile in their shoes to understand that - Empathise
We need to walk out of our comfort zone. From that moment we can start brainstorming - Generate Ideas
We are not concerned about finding THE ANSWER but finding POSSIBLE ANSWERS
Lot's of the design will be a prototype - Try out
Reflect - Bring to bear what worked and what did not work

There are three responses to apiece of design - yes, no and WOW!
WOW is the one to aim for (Milton Glaser)

TEACHING OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS - Patricia Reynolds 

Micro level : in the classroom
Meso: Institutions /system
Macro : the society
Teachers have to learn how to become change agents
What happens is that they do not see themselves as agents of change
How do you change ... and teach old dogs some new tricks ?

*Travels in Twitter (sts participate by twitting along classes)
*New discoveries - digital storytelling, communities of practice , infuse new information into teaching
Teachers need a community to challenge their confort zone.

CLICK LIKE FOR LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (Tereza Carvalho)
Facebook can help us develop linguistically because it's a genre
It's a rich linguistic landscape. Are we taking advantage of that ?
Language is power
Many people are just watching because they feel insecure about their English
They shy away from discussion because they feel they have to learn to teach only

HOW TO SUPPORT TEACHERS NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING (Katherine Anderson)

Working with closed communities at Facebook, the 'paperless' approach at her school, using 'Dropbox' to share resources , they use Open Educational Resources, Creative Commons and they share like crazy
Using Google Hang Out especially because of screenshare
This collaboration makes teacher work simpler to interact and to know where the resources are (no more: where's the CD X?) https://katkander.wordpress.com/


CROWDSOUNDING THE #MFL TWITTERATI,HASHTAGS,TWITTER LISTS, PADLET and STORIFYFOR TEACHER DEVELOPMENT AND CLASSROOM IMPACT
(Maria Diakou - Cyprus Ministry of Education)

Incorporating gaming makes lgg learning process engaging
Plickers , Camfinders

Terciary Education (Stella K)

To engage them to scaffold their lgg learning, create interaction with PRs
Construct their learnin collaborative.
Barrier game
Make them aware of the mistakes they make.
Practicing digital provides them with the confince fo taking risks

CROWDSOUNDING #MFLtwitteratiing
lists, Padlet and Storyfy the teacher development an d school impact (Joe Dale)
If you


CROWDSOUNDING THE #MFL TWITTERATI,HASHTAGS,TWITTER LISTS, PADLET and STORIFYFOR TEACHER DEVELOPMENT AND CLASSROOM IMPACT
(Maria Diakou - Cyprus Ministry of Education)

Incorporating gaming makes lgg learning process engaging
Plickers , Camfinders

Terciary Education (Stella K)

To engage them to scaffold their lgg learning, create interaction with PRs
Construct their learnin collaborative.
Barrier game
Make them aware of the mistakes they make.
Practicing digitall providdes them them the confince fo taking risks

CROWDSOUNDING #MFLtwitteratiing
lists, Padlet and Storyfy the teacher development an d school impact (Joe Dale)
https://www.theguardian.com/profile/joe-dale
If you are not a part of #mfteslteratt you are missing out
We are not stringed out of our comfort zone

'sticks in a bundle don't beak, (woring togerther)


Andrew Nye & Anna Lloyd (Cambridge University Press)

Teachers lack confidence and have little time available
The digital teacher - how to organize digital skills and digital training
Main features in the site
*self assessment
*training and lesson plans
*digital products review (expert product review)
*blogs from real teachers


During afternoon, we had the chance to group with the presenters above in smaller groups. The exchange of information and the fact we were closer was an enriching experience.

CLOSING PLENARY with Nicola Meldrum

How technology can support teacher development.
C3
1)Collaboration & Communication
Twitter/Whatsapp / FB groups / Zoom / Skype / Padlet / Google Hangouts / Jive / Plickers / Storify

2)Tech for Content delivering
LMS < Edmodo , Webnar tool , Youtube / Camfind / Storify/ H5p / Edpuzzle

3)Tech for design and Creation
GDocs / Learning Management Systems / Wikis
http://teachwithdigital.org/

Who am I developing with ?
(Photo circles)
BUILD & MEASURE
What tool / idea am I going to use? Why does it inspire me ? What problem do I have (Gabriel & Start up thinking) ?

Who am I going to use it with ?

Am I focusing on Communication / Content Delivery/ Content creation ?

How does it fit into the Digital Teacher Framework ?

How will this help me develop ? (potential problems and solution)

What were the outcomes / challenges ?

What / How can I improve & develop this ?

Lots of reflective thinking leading to action!

I'll be sharing highlights on Twitter too
@Rach_Gonzaga

Stay tuned ! 📻






























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