#Naace14 conference Fri (am)

Celia Hoyles and Richard Noss London Knowledge Lab, IOE

Seymour Papert – Constructivism – theory of teaching, not learning. People learn very well if they can build stuff outside of themselves in order to build models in their mind. Build + Share. Programming – What to build with? What to build? How to share it?

“Programming is a way to build things outside of your head in order to build things inside of your head” Richard Noss #Naace14 (Tweet from @dughall)

What to build with? Used to be very easy to choose – Logic. Need to break down the idea of programming and make it clear that lost of teachers are already teaching programming skills through other subjects in other ways! What to build? 72 pieces of Lego, on average, in every home in the world (with children). How to share? Remix projects – a new aspect. Looking forward to stories and papers about remixing education, remixing learning.

Learner needs to be active through using technology, encouraged to predict, test, reflect, explain. The teacher must appreciate the potential of the software and have ownership and technical expertise (at some level) with the software. They have to understand what they are doing. Must highlight the important ideas and processes and need to respond to the needs of diverse learners (misconceptions, gender, etc.). Needs to be curriculum support, teacher support and teacher and student communities and collaboration.

Cornerstone Maths explored and explained.

Closing remarks:

Hardware or software alone does not have an effect. For any intervention, need to be clear on what it aims to effect. Need a community of teachers and professionals who believe in it and who will communicate around the ideas it raises.

Tweet from @deputymitchell (recapping a comment originally from Miles Berry) during the session. This is an important aspect to remind staff when delivering sessions on new curriculum for Computing:

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Mark Chambers Naace CEO, Naace Manifesto

Delegates invited to contribute their thoughts on a range of subjects via nearpod app.

Important question: Should making be the new paradigm for learning with technology?


Graham Fox Microsoft and Professor Steve Molyneux Tablet Academy

Microsoft vision: Anytime, anywhere learning. 3 areas. Transforming education, supporting educators, inspiring students.

Inspiring students. Dream Spark, Kodu (Kodu Kup), App Development (touch develop).

Tablet Acedemy – supporting schools in developing use of tablets. Steve Molyneux tracks the history of technology dating back to the Age of the Philosopher. We are at the Age of the Individual – individuals are in charge of the content and this can bring fear in educators using the technology in the classroom. Around 4 million learners have access to mobile devices in or out of school. Technological divide between teacher and student.

Gutenberg 1.0 (1450) – It’s just a piece of paper!

Gutenberg 2.0 (Today) – It’s just a sheet of glass!

Students are creators, not just consumers. *Is this reflected in education systems? Some, definitely. Does the new curriculum reflect this?* Discussion of the 5Es in terms of use of technology in impacting learner experience.

Flipped learning – offload lower order thinking skills to independent learning often at home and spend time focusing on higher order thinking skills in the ‘precious’ time we have in the classroom. ‘[If] we can tailor the lesson to the needs of the individual…we will make the best use of our time.’ We need to turn the idea of the classroom on its’ head. Pupils want to ‘Connect, Create, Coordinate, Collaborate, Communicate’.

Explored the possibilities and the potential in terms of future tech using gesture-based interaction.


Excellent session, lots to consider.

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