Attended http://www.core-ed.org/ulearn/

2011 Conference 19-21 October 2011

http://www.distinctionrotorua.co.nz/ was an awesome place to stay.
Where: Rotorua Energy Events Centre http://www.eventvenues.co.nz/EnergyEventsCentre
I used my new ipad to make lots of notes, and it was great.
I have placed a few links here for future reference:
http://www.core-ed.org/ulearn/keynotes-invited-guests

Day One: Connectivism was articulated by Tony Ryan and Demonstrated by Stephen Heppel.

1.Keynote Jack Bacon, The Parallel Bang, Futurist: http://www.drjackbacon.com/
2.Tony Ryan: embrace change, rather than fight it, circular life plan http://www.core-ed.org/ulearn/tony-ryan http://www.tonyryan.com.au
3.PROFESSOR STEPHEN HEPPELL U.K. Mumology and Teachers.TV http://www.heppell.net
http://ro.uow.edu.au/newtech/
4.GRAEME AITKEN is Dean of Education at The University of Auckland. http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/about/our-faculty/from-the-dean

Day Two: Practical examples

1.Jan Herrington, pedagogical examples, authentic tasks, she co-wrote Authentic Learning Environments In Higher Education, A Guide to Authentic e-Learning and New technologies, new pedagogies: Mobile learning in higher education. http://ro.uow.edu.au/newtech/ for pdf readings.
Key idea for me was to get the students using their mobile phones etc, get the technology in the hands of the students, use the technology the students already have.
In the spirit of collectivism, collaboration is the great enabler of authentic learning. Making a polished product. Wisdom of the crowd.
http://web.me.com/janherrington/ULearn/ToolsForLearning.html
2.One to One devices at http://www.manaiakalani.org/ really interesting practical example of the hardware and connecting to the cloud.
Google partner, lighthouse teachers lead the way, who pays for what, community of people to make it happen.
http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu open source operatiny system used (I think).
3.Road Safety http://education.nzta.govt.nz/ provided model 'products' that primary students made with help.

Day Three: More practical examples and inspiration.

1. Moodle, Malcolm Roberts who lecturers at the Waikato Insitute of Technology.
Lots of useful links and information. Forums best then wikis to get students working together (connectivisim).
http://hitchhikerweb2.wikispaces.com/
http://www.scribbler.co.uk/ interactive whiteboard
http://peerwise.cs.auckland.ac.nz/ Creating questions together and get badges etc, free, need to request account from Paul Denny
http://moodle.org/
http://tech.blorge.com/Structure:%20/2011/03/29/top-40-best-technology-websites-2011/

http://softwaremachine.co.nz/ is a better quizz maker than hot potatoes
http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/ you can make a video take less space and convert formats
http://portableapps.com/ download onto your memory stick, install onto your memory stick, idea is that the memory stick has all the applications on it. Why? students may not be able to download and install stuff easy, may not have internet.
2. Bring your own device, Orewa, Epsom, Rangitoto, Albany, Pt England.
Interesting the different needs/solutions for secondary. http://www.torqueip.co.nz/ULearn-BYOD.html
Primary needs more consistentcy of device, with imaging etc. Rich Conversations.
3. Simon Breakspear, http://www.simonbreakspear.com/ Step out of ideas and into action. Teachers are instruments of change. Embrace constraints. Go to the extreme user and design for them. We can cultivate, but not deliver, education/learning. Start with the students (just like early childhood education). Experiement, share, Fail forward and fast. Edupreneurs. Sugata Mira http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html

http://sugatam.wikispaces.com/

implement = cake maker = comply
innovate = recipe maker = create
MIT gave away their best courses to anyone http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
Facebook allows people to connect without Hierarchy.

Trade Hall http://www.bubbledome.co.nz/default.aspx
Suggested the following for animations:
http://www.gamefactorygames.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryce_(software)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phun
http://www.sploder.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blender_3d (tricky)
http://sketchup.google.com/

Previously attended at the new Energy Events Centre in Rotorua:
Learning@School 2007, the annual, national meeting for the ICT PD Clusters Programme held 20-23 February 2007.
Very similar format and content. ulearn was larger.

Reflection:

Move from "to/for" to "with" in relation to e-resources like this wiki.
The "with" model is a core value of mine and it needs to apply to ALL aspects of my teaching.
One thing that is clear to me is that I need to MOVE TOWARDS students creating e-resources for each other, rather than me creating them in response to their needs. Technology in the students hands, use what they already have.
I am working harder than some of my students, and I am enjoying my learning.
My students need to create and engage with geogebra/wiki/youtube etc.
Some Ideas:
1. A class wiki, to co-construct notes, examples etc for the externals. A student could create a wikispace and allow other students on it. I do not need to even be a member, just to see the site and make comment, encouragement, guidance. They could video worked examples directly onto youtube and link onto the site. The site could have a page per "i can do" sheet skills, but it is better that the students decide the format and content and divide the work. Perhaps students need to contribute to gain viewing rights? Edmodo may be helpful. Moodle could be good. My portfolio may be an option for the future. Perhaps facebook could actually work?
2. Cross Curricula, much like my applets for speech language therapy, http://sltgeogebra.wikispaces.com/All+Applets ,students could make resources for other students. Working together in the design phase and altering/refining the product to suit. If the product has art, music, drama, maths and connectivism... it may be really meaningful to students learning, both the creators and the end users. We could start by asking groups of students and their teachers if they have any areas they need help with.

Websites that I bookmarked on my iPad, to look at later...
http://www.vln.school.nz/ and http://educo.vln.school.nz/
http://jsxgraph.uni-bayreuth.de/wp/
http://www.dropbox.com/
http://www.elearning.tki.org.nz/
http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/projects/2016-scenario-guide-effective-tertiary-education-new-zealand
https://signup.netflix.com/global
http://wikieducator.org/SCD
http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html
http://www.khanacademy.org/ which is a great step, but perhaps the next step is sites like this built by students, for them and their peers.
http://www.shiftingthinking.org/
http://edtalks.org/
http://edtalks.org/conferences/ulearn-videos