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Innovation and Learning

Start with clarity of intent.

Now build it out with an evocative vision. Improvise progress by tinkering: with lots of trial and lots of error. The not knowing is the best bit: the mysteries the surprises, and from time to time the windfalls! 

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Pennant Hills High Program:

Personalised Learning

agency / engagement

Top resources:

- tutorials for 'learning landscape' or 'Flipped Learning' techniques:

CLICK HERE INSTEAD

- broad resources on 'The Learning Matrix', 'Flipped Learning' and 'PBL', click here

- check out Edmodo,com and Weebly.com

- iPad app is Visualize - image map it with 'Snag It'

Transient
 

Dr David Thornburg - SPACE

Watering Hole

INTERACTION AND ACTION

Low Tech Watering Hole

IdeaPaint

Butcher's paper, Whiteboard Slates, giant Post-It notes,

doors

the floor (chalk)

windows (liquid chalk)

High Tech Watering Hole

Google Docs

Edmodo and http://www.ning.com/

Minecraft

Wikis, Twitter

...pretty much the entire Internet / "Web 2.0"

(click here for a list)

 

Campfire

SOURCES OF EXPERTISE

Low Tech Campfire

An actual live guru could be student or teacher.

"Just in Time" sessions: optional teacher-talk sessions based on insight into current student needs.

Repeated Guru Sessions - the teacher runs session on a topic multiple times, students can opt in to any session.

Books, radio, television are low-tech campfires.

HISTORICAL OUTRAGE OVER AUTOMATED CAMPFIRES:

The Printing Press 1565

Writing - Socrates

Transient
 

Cave

REFLECTION AND INTERNALISATION

 
Transient
 

Gamification / Tracking Systems

Can be profoundly simple and low-tech. Each activity is worth a point, track the points.

More ambitious structures include virtual currencies, badges, and 'leveling up'.

Tutorial

How to make badges with Edmodo.

Combinations of Technologies

iPads + Evernote

IdeaPaint + Evernote

Moodle for content delivery + Edmodo for social networking.

 

Physical Space

Explore this Prezi.

Interview with PhD student Pippa Yeoman on space. Click here and here

Her concepts include:

- ability to appropriate space for own purposes

- space thought of as a backdrop, container, or habitat

- the 'affect' of space

- the importance of empty space

The Geometry of Information

Try this interactive challenge.

(You'll need a free Prezi account)

 

More on iPads

There are plenty of blogs recommending iPad apps. especially organised by Bloom's taxonomy. Examples here. And by Gardner's here.

Follow the story of Anastasis Academy in the USA, a new, innovative school whose tech program consists of iPads + Evernote:

Links for Anastasis Academy:

a good overview of Anastasis by founder Kelly Tenkely. Kelly's blogKelly's TwitterAnother blog by Kelly.

- teacher Michelle Baldwin's blogTwitter

- cofounder Matthew Quigley's blogTwitter.

- other Anastasis blogs: http://teamanastasisbaldwin.edublogs.org/http://1mscott.edublogs.org/ 

interview with Michelle Baldwin, who moved interstate to join the new school at a point where no job security could be guaranteed.

interview with Kelly Tenkely about the process of starting the school.

audio chatting with some young students.

Year 9 teacher discussing her students' plans to launch a non-profit