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Fertility series

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Fertility series, a set on Flickr. Oil paintings by John Bennett - jjfbbennett. Painted in the late 1980's. Influenced by Balinese, Javanese and Thai art and stories of external strategy and personal needs. jjfbbennett.com

Multimodal SLIM challenge

A presentation I made for School Leaders in the Making Program

Challenge Title: 21st Century Multimodal Learning

Purpose: Today’s students are the 21st century students whose lifetime experiences are enriched with using digital technologies. They need to develop 21st century skills to become the valued skilled workers, entrepreneurs, innovators and global citizens of tomorrow
The Department is working to meet the needs of the 21st century student through the provision of a rigorous curriculum, technologies of today and expert teachers inspiring learning with passion and purpose
This project is purposed to;
* introduce innovative technologies into schools,
* change teaching practices,
* align with the Australian Curriculum, and
* inspire learning.

Benefits: The benefits to teachers and students should;
* ensure that the selected technologies will meet the demands of the curriculum,
* employ technologies which are accessible in daily life, and
* gain digital fluency skills.

The Poowong series

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Poowong series, a set on Flickr. I painted the Poowong series in the 1980's. The paintings have been destroyed but the photo's survive. The theme was based on organic and mental structures, complex problems and simple solutions. Poowong is a small town in SE Gippsland Victoria. Land of dairy cattle and potatoes.

2014 National Visual Art Education Conference - Digital literacy and participatory multimodal media

I shall be presenting 'Digital literacy and participatory multimodal media' 2014 National Visual Art Education Conference in Canberra.

The session details are;
Session ‘21st Century Learning – Changing classroom paradigms for students, teachers and institutions’
Date Tuesday 21 January at 1.30
Presentation Duration 15 min
Title and prĂ©cis 'Digital literacy and participatory multimodal media' Schools are the engine house of the future however there is disconnect between workplace expectations, and students’ in-school and out-of-school learning experiences. This discussion is about ‘cultures of learning’ and engaging 21st Century students through innovative programs.
Abstract10 Work Skills for the Future: Sense Making, Social Intelligence, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Cross Cultural Competency, Computational Thinking, New Media Literacy, Transdiciplinarity, Design Mindset, Cognitive Load Management, Virtual Collaboration” (Wilen-Daugenti).
Our schools are the institutions that st…

Educators connecting with students - courage

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Back to the futureThere seems to be an effort in many levels of education to simplify and return to the golden age of education when administering teaching and learning was easier.  

Standardization: 2nd way of service deliveryI cannot describe this golden age but it has something to do with not being able to deal with;

complexity, feeling confused by multiple options,moving from knowing systems, moving from knowing procedures, moving from knowing processes, moving from knowing methodology,moving from knowing content, andmoving to knowing the student. Question
The simple question I have  

Do we as educators want to connect with our students;

do we want to connect on our terms, or do we want to connect in courage and compassion to embrace the vulnerability of our learning relationships?

System Leadership for Innovation in Education

Notes and reflections  - Caldwell, Brian J., Professor. "System Leadership for Innovation in Education."Centre for Strategic Education Seminar Paper No 209 (2011): 3-14. Web. 28 Aug. 2013. My interest is in corporate education and its contextual influence on schools. This interest is in the change based mechanisms within schools. Most of the research information I have read do not study the relationships between corporate and schools (until I read Caldwell's seminar paper). Much of the reading concerning corporate change is based on business principles and not so much on public service (non for profit).

A school is not a silo and impacting change should remove rather than build silos. Many of the contexts presented in blogs, conferences and academic papers do not consider policy and guidelines despite the significant influence they have on the operations of schools. In general, many of the impacting change-based decisions and financial project money is distributed via c…

eduTECH 2013 Government and Corporate Congress reflection 1

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eduTECH 2013: Blog 1 reflection Disclosure This reflection is based on my personal opinions and learnings gained from attending a variety of key notes and presentations at EduTECH 2013 Brisbane Australia.
Key Notes and Presentations 3 - 4 June 2013 The conference contained an exceptional array of presentations and I was only able attend  a fraction of what was offered. The array of presentations I was able to attend was titled  Corporate Government Learning Congress. I attended the following presentations; Drive: What the science of motivation can teach us about high performance - Daniel PinkRethinking Education - Salman KhanWorking and learning smarter with the 70:20:10 model - Charles JenningsIt's in the "APP"lication: Technology + learning = capability - Peter FerreiraShaping Australian Curriculum - Barry McGawThe creative technology revolution you cannot ignore - Gary StagerDesign thinking to create The Living Organisation - Ewan McIntoshMajor trends and deriving forc…

21st century student systems

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21st century student systemsAre the Information Communication Technology (ICT) systems, software applications and school centred processes of your school purposed to support the instructional needs of the 21st century student?

In the essay ‘Do They Really Think Differently?’ (2001) Prensky defines Digital Immigrant and the Digital Native. Prensky proposes that one’s thinking patterns change depending on one’s experiences to the level that the Digital Native has a very different blend of cognitive skills than its predecessor the Digital Immigrant. Other commonly employed terms that describe pre and post 2000 students and learning frameworks are the Millennial Student, the Net Generation and 21st Century Student. All classifications support Prensky supposition that the Digital Native student is required to and have acquired different thinking processes.

Since the late 1980’s schools have adapted and integrated technologies to support instruction. Schools have connected to the internet …