Monday, January 13, 2014

Modern Learning Environments

The following blog post is excerpts that interest me from 
Mark Osbornes White Paper  and other readings.
Reflective Questions

● What is your school’s vision for teaching and learning? Does everyone share this vision?
How do you know? Which aspects of your school culture would you like to improve? How
would you measure the improvement?
● What are the key pedagogies required by teachers in the 21st century? Are these the ones
in use in your school most days? What systems and processes are in place to help
teachers reflect on their own practice and learn from each other?
● If you were to build a new learning space that reflected your school’s vision and
commitment to learning, what would it look like? What would students need to have access
to over the course of a day? What activities would they engage in over the course of a day?
What technology would be required to support this?
● If curriculum, pedagogy and learning environments are helping to make learning more
personalised, what other elements of the schooling ecosystem need to change? Who is a
‘teacher’ and who is a ‘learner’?

Learning Studios
A da Vinci studio might help students to combine art and science to make discoveries.
In the same way that Leonardo da Vinci used his artistic and scientific skills to invent
helicopters, bicycles and submarines, what might our future students invent in a studio
that contained space for experimenting, building, testing, drawing, studying, observing,
questioning, discussing, debating?

An Einstein studio might house quiet spaces that encourage reflection and exploration
of difficult, abstract concepts. The acoustics would be subdued, allowing students to stay
‘in the flow’ with difficult ideas without being interrupted by noise. Deep reflection might
be encouraged by personalised furniture, technology, lighting and access to resources.

What might these studios look like?
Ralph Hotere studio combining art, politics and society
Karen Walker studio combining design, business and innovation
Jamie Oliver studio combining health, nutrition and social justice
•      A Dan Carter Studio

Caves, Campfires and Watering Holes
Watering hole - coming together to share, brainstorm, exchange ideas, modify ideas
Mountain Top - A place to celebrate your your learning, presenting
Sandpit - a place to play, experiment, create, destroy, prototype with learning
Cave - a quiet place to reflect, question, draw conclusions and make connections
Campfire - share stories, exchange ideas and allow the group to build on each others’ ideas.

MLE Matrix
How children learn
Visible Learning - Hattie (Govt Treasury)

Machines for learning -Mark Osborne
The house is a machine for living, the school should be a machine for learning.
Schools of past where machines for listening, sitting and writing as a whole class.
Should not look like industrial model as longer need to impart knowledge to learners at that level.

Young learners will make their living through creativity, ingenuity and imagination - Charles
Alive in the swamp - Michael Fullan and Katelyn Donnelly - graph of love of school
Vision needs to drive MLE as it does for all aspects of the school. It's not what you know but what you can do with what you know.
Individual instruction is very inefficient way of teaching as no social, collaborative reflective learning. Inquiry teaching and teaching as inquiry very powerful tools. Adult tutors and same age tutor learn about same amount. Cross age tutors more powerful for both individuals. Hattie 

Need a new name for Bar Leaners in schools! Is it not funny that good pubs and bars were MLE in design by providing a variety of spaces years ago. How come education has taken so long?