Love Learning Conference 2016
The Digital Technologies Curriculum – so what now?
The Digital Technologies Curriculum offers a number of wonderful opportunities and challenges for teachers and learners alike. In this workshop, we will look at some of the standards expected at the end of primary school and the start of secondary school and start designing some fantastic sequences of learning. We will look at creating algorithms, coding in Scratch, learning Python in Code Academy and some fantastic unplugged activities for those times you do not have one-to-one technology. This workshop will include a personal pathway with permission to play and fail, so whether you are brand new to the idea of computational thinking or have had a bit of a go at coding, come along, see the resources and explore the cross-curricular opportunities the Digital Technologies Curriculum offers.
Making Learning Visible with the SOLO Taxonomy
In this workshop, we will look at how to develop summative assessment tasks which can be used as formative learning opportunities. The SOLO Taxonomy (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes – John Biggs) is a cognitive model which helps us to assess the quantity of knowledge and quality of understanding displayed by any learner in any given assessment. In this workshop, we will use the SOLO taxonomy as the framework to describe progress and inform feedback and feedforward. This is a hands-on workshop where you will start to design assessment tasks with milestones in the form of a SOLO rubric and you will design “moving-on” advice which will help learners to use the rubric for a summative task as a formative guide to improving their knowledge and skills.
Google Apps for Education
Google Apps for Education is so much more than a technology platform. With this free web based technology, we can truly enhance collaboration, creativity and learning all within the single eco-system. One log-on and infinite possibilities. This workshop will take you through the basics and the more advanced uses Google Apps in a hands-on exploratory fashion. If you have never heard of Google Apps or use it every day, there will be something here for you. We will particularly focus on the use of the core Drive Apps; Docs, Sheets, Forms and Slides to design a lesson sequence including elements of formative and summative assessment. This is a hands-on workshop and it will work best if you have either a Google Apps for Education account or at least, a Gmail account.
Elemental Learning Design
This workshop will explore the use of the Elemental Learning Model (based on the Accelerated Learning model by Alistair Smith) to design highly engaging and challenging learning. This model distills the elements of teaching and learning which ensure a deep level of understanding and learner efficacy and independence. This workshop will help you design learning which enhances the knowledge set, skillset, toolset and mindset of your learners.
This workshop is hands-on and you are asked to bring along an idea for a lesson that you would like to develop. By the end of the workshop, you will have a detailed, resourced lesson plan which contains all of the key elements of great learning design.