**Please excuse typos and any unconsidered thoughts – these posts are purely my very quick, initial responses to aspects of what I’m hearing and seeing…will reflect more deeply after conference**
Brief discussions over tea and biscuits…
London could benefit from a connected approach to digital learning like we have seen this morning from Scotland, NI and Wales. However, who would lead? Who would fund? Who would decide on priorities? How would we keep the vision progressive? I would like to see a disruptive digital learning community within schools in London and the UK who are trying to change ‘learning’ in schools and using technology as a means to do so. Hmm…more to be considered.
Comment on twitter and over tea about amount of people on devices with heads down whilst speakers are delivering keynotes. What if pupils were able to tweet and use devices while a teacher was leading a lesson? Perhaps they’d learn more, begin debate and discussion over issues from the lesson and instantly engage with resources and ideas shared by the teacher. Or perhaps they’d look at pictures of cats and videos of the top goals of the season. Interesting thought.
David Fairbairn-Day Head of Education Strategy, Promethean
Role of leadership in the use of technology and school improvement through ICT. Education systems around the world are all unique in the same way: all have their own drivers. Must have a vision shared by everyone. Early 1900s predictions that films would replace textbooks. 357 million NEETs (young people Not in Education, Employment or Training). Huge amount of people. Links between this and social unrest.
Leadership types (Daniel Muijs, 2010) – Transactional, Transformational, Distributed, Instructional. *Read this paper*. Leadership in schools should be driving the use of ICT not just enabling it.
*Thought* This is a really important point, especially for middle leaders who may be trying to drive and progress ICT change in schools. Drive needs to come from all levels of leadership.
Leaders ICT capability is important, not competency. Leaders in school should understand what the impact of ICT can do, not understand every nuance of new programs. They must understand potential and possibilities. Stroll and Fink (1996) model created to review where staff are in terms of attitudes and approach to development and support. *Look into further*. Hype Cycle – adoption curve for technology. Think about teaching models and the way technology should be used to support (see presentation on Naace site after conference).
1) Need to know how teachers teach – knowledge transfer, knowledge sharing, knowledge communities (bringing own learning from outside school more and more). 2) Need to know how people adopt innovation (steveapplegate.com) from Innovators to Laggards. 3) Need to know how to develop people. It’s not always the innovators who are the best to develop and lead change in schools. They can frighten others by pushing agendas forward and leave others behind. ‘Early Majority’ should be the leaders in schools. *Check slides online after conference to see models*
Leaders must Enable, Motivate and Drive ICT implementation in schools. It’s not about the technology, it’s about the contextual aspects of driving and leading change in school.
*Thought* Not to forget it’s about the learners!
Rhian Kavanagh Programme Manager, e-skills UK
Pre-9am and already technology has been the key to the presenter’s life getting to the conference. At what point do we consider the safety issues involved in all our activities?
Cyber Crime – costs $388 billion
securefutures.org – campaign to get people interested in future careers in Cyber Security.
Olympic opening ceremony had a call about a suspect cyber attack on the ceremony. What would the world have said if this had happened? Developing sessions for schools to encourage children to consider the impact of their social media activity. Introduction > social media > law and ethics.
*Thought* How often is cyber security covered in E-Safety sessions in schools? Need to cover in staff CPD sessions and INSET.
Black, grey and white hat hackers – we want to develop white hat hackers as they are supporting develop online institutions resources. *The good guys!*