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Innovation and Learning

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Breakout Activity - Design a Day in 2020

Create an A3 storyboard or diagram, showing

what you would love to see happen in

a day in the life of a student

at your school

in 2020


Summary Notes:


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Paradigms we bring to education

  • All at different spaces

  • Different understandings, beliefs

  • Our thinking is shaped by an industrial view of structure and space

What should a classroom look like in 2020?

If you were a student in your class what would be your experience?

YouTube clips break up the showing to emphasize a point

Structure and space - contribute to limiting our thinking

What we have isn't always valued in school

Moving beyond an industrial model

Competing layers of discourse among educational thinkers: no consistency in what 21st century learning looks like


Andrew Douch: Biology [podcasts]



Engagement economy - media literacy

Collaborative nexus

Learning led by interest

Global connections create interesting discourses


Computer is agency



Self-actualisation theory

  • autonomy

  • mastery

  • relatedness


Design question: [chicken metaphors]

  • What are the possibilities for a space that embraces autonomy, mastery and relatedness?

  • What will the space look like?


Blind, intuitive thinking - experimentation

  • Ready, aim, fire

  • Do, then, think

  • Question everything

  • Choice - space - purpose


Student agency and choice

  • Bloom’s taxonomy/Gardner’s MI - grid

  • Matrices aligned to outcomes

  • What’s the biggest constraint for student learning in relation to relatedness?

  • If students always have personal choice how is relatedness built?

  • Rules of engagement: what can I do, what can’t I do

  • Grow a culture of independence - ways of creating structures of freedom and constraint


Space: 3 layers

  • Virtual [information flow], Physical, Cultural

  • Direct instruction at the right time and in the right place



Students self-direct from 3pm until 9am - why can’t this occur in class time


Create an A3 storyboard or diagram, showing what you would love to see happen in a day in the life of a student at your school in 2020

  • Sharing via an elevator speech