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When 2300 year old pedagogy meets 21st century technologies

When I first thought of the Padagogy Wheel Version 1 was for some University iPad Training Workshops in the UK, little did I realise, that it would grow into a learning model popular around the world. Today you can download the Version 4 English Version as a PDF with links to 122 apps and I am honoured that 150,000+ copies of the English Version Poster have been downloaded in the last 18 months. I wanted to show teachers how they could approach their pedagogy by starting with building a profile of what excellence “looked like” in the graduate and then applying a scientific model of motivation. Next how to use Blooms Taxonomy to define higher order thinking learning outcomes, then and only then should they think about technologies to enhance these defined outcomes. I also integrated the SAMR model to help point them to better design activities for using their choices of technology.

Discovering Master Xun: What is even more amazing is that in this last month (December 2015) I have shared how a 2300 year old pedagogical approach could be enhanced by 21st century Mobile technologies. A major “ah aha” for me which really resonated with the audience, was that the Chinese were promoting student-centric, activity-based, learning and teaching 2300 years ago …. there goes the myth that it is a new 21st century Western concept eh?

The Chinese Version of the Padagogy Wheel was met with such interest that I was invited to teach about it for a 17 day visit to this amazing country and met some very special Chinese speaking teachers. Apple Inc. China and South China Normal University Guangzhou sponsored me and there was seven presentations in the three cities of Nanjing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, to approx. 950 – 1000 participants. Teachers are keen to learn new technology enhanced teaching methods. We worked really hard and translated my presentation content into Chinese, and it made a significant difference, not just to the comprehension but also to the embracing of ideas, as it was honouring their language. My presentation slides may interest. You can download a PDF of the Slides in English or in Chinese.

Twenty one (21) Languages committed to translation … and it is just the start: 2015 has been a big year, It was Dr Matt Harris the 2016 chairman of ISTE, who triggered the next stage of development of the Padagogy Wheel. He said in an unsolicited tweet “The Padagogy Wheel is an invaluable resource that should be on the wall of every classroom”. Here you can read the full endorsement. Matt’s challenge begged the question “Why should the Padagogy Wheel only be in English”? Just for a sidebar: What do you think of my hypothesis on Slide 25 – there is a PhD there for someone waiting to happen.

So I decided I should use Twitter to ask teachers if they would like to translate it into their heart language aka first language. I was again humbled by the response. The Padagogy Wheel poster will be available in at least 21 languages by the end of 2016. Five languages are already published: English • Spanish • German • Norwegian • Chinese. Then added to this, there are six more that will be published by the end of Feb 2016. That of: • Portuguese • Catalan • Russian • Dutch • French • Polish. A further ten languages are committed to translation during the rest of 2016. Simply amazing.

We need examples of best practice and more AR projects: We know the model works, five teachers in NSW Australia did an Action Research Project using the Padagogy Wheel and iTunesU. They asked 116 students 11-12 years old, to plan their own learning and use iTunesU to create ePortfolios. The results were significant. Eight out of Ten (8/10) students said they preferred this way of learning and had learned more than the traditional way of learning Science. Please read about this AR in my blog post “A New Spin on Effective Individualised Learning

So many times in China I was asked about examples so they could learn how to do it. I have been invited back again in March 2016 and want to showcase these examples of best practice and research in presentations and on our Chinese Padagogy Wheel website. Something to think about, at last count there are at least 14.5 million teachers in China – consider the possibilities!

Please contact me: If you have used the Padagogy Wheel to think through your teaching and have developed any examples of best practice and/or you are interested in an Action Research project using the concepts.

Looking forward to further conversation

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The Best Professional Learning Experience of My Career

Thats quite a claim for someone who has experienced as many learning and teaching conferences as I have and interviewed and learnt from 200+ thought leaders in Higher Education for our podcast programme over the years. When I was selected by Apple for the Apple Distinguished Educator’s Global Institute in Cork Ireland in July 2012 I never anticipated what a mind expanding event the entire experience would be. I was thrilled to be one of the 234 ADEs chosen from the 600 applicants and to have the funds to travel from my university award prize money. More of this experience below,but let’s start at the real beginning of the learning experience

Cork minus Four Weeks: About 1995 one of the first pieces of online education jargon I learned was “click brick and click” The idea of starting a learning experience online with the click of a mouse, then meeting  face-to-face (the brick), then continue back online with more mouse clicks.  It is the concept that influenced the development of blended learning. However I have never really seen it work as effectively as I did with the build up to Cork.  A month before the event we started using BaseCamp an online project management tool and putting into practice Challenge Based Learning.  We had four big ideas presented and all 234 of us entered into online community discussion to identify the essential  questions.  The discussion forums were reflective, mind expanding and very active. By the time we arrived in Ireland we had all chosen one of those big ideas areas we were interested in.  It was in these communities around a Big Idea where we split into small working groups for the week to define our challenges and make our pitch i.e. presentations.

For years when I travel internationally I do what I call a network crawl where I visit people/institutions with which I have contact, to learn from them and teach into them.  This trip to the UK was going to be no different. I contacted some colleagues I have met at some of those conferences, and asked would they like to meet and would they like me to talk about iPads. I never expected the response.  Five universities in three countries asked for seven Padagogy Seminars and extra meetings about LAMS. Wow I thought I had better upgrade the iPad seminars we (Ian Green from Adelaide and I) have presented to over 600 participants in Adelaide and elsewhere in Australia.

The Padagogy WheelSeminar Upgrade: I started with the skeleton of what we did and rebuilt it from the ground up using Keynote as the guiding presentation tool. The seminars by necessity are App centric and because not everyone has an iPad and if they do, nor the same apps the seminars need to be show and tell.  Their main function is to present a selection of apps that can be used for L&T.  I wanted more than this so I looked to the most well know learning model around the Bloom’s Taxonomy.  During the research I found all the great work people have done with Blooms and technology. However I had a interesting new idea of mapping iPad apps to the cognitive domain of the taxonomy and using the Taxonomy Wheel The Padagogy Wheel … it’s a Bloomin’ Better Way  to Teach was born. I also identified the need for a third more hands on workshop I will call PADAGOGY 301 which is under development targeted to a more specific audience.

By Popular Demand: I have learnt from the responses in Padagogy workshops, that academics are very interested in Simon Smith’s e-assessment system of marking assignments. I knew I would get heaps of questions from the floor in Singapore and the UK so I recorded a podcast episode with Simon. Quality Feedback: It’s all about the Students. explains more about this innovative e-assessment  workflow using iPads. I mention this in Padagogy 201 and now there is a resource for people wanting more. Its a total win/win for all stakeholders. The teachers save significant time and can enrich the feedback and the students reap the benefit of more personalised feedback.

Let the Games Begin – First Stop Singapore: The time in Singapore was very productive with four workshops/seminars well attended at the new Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at the Nanyang Technological University.  It is an exciting new joint medical school by Imperial College London and NTU they are developing a very innovative curriculum using LAMS and iPads. The “Padagogy Wheel” created quite a buzz. I presented each of these seminars twice in two days

PADAGOGY 101 What’s all the fuss about iPads in HE: This is an introduction to the iPad and contains reference to 29 iPad Apps from Document Readers to Project Management and links to 12 Video tutorials

PADAGOGY 201 It’s a Bloomin’ Better Way to Teach: This seminar gives ideas of the latest use of the Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy and how the iPad can serve the pedagogy. It has reference to 62 apps with 18 video based tutorials.

I had a great interview with Paul Gagnon Director of eLearning at Lee Kong Chian. Collaborative Learning … What No Lectures!: is about how they are taking Team Based Learning and adapting the pedagogy to use iPads and LAMS.

The London Bridge ready for the OlympicsNext Stop London and a trip down the River Thames: This was a busy time with visits to four universities, but what a way to start, visiting the place where time starts and stops … Greenwich.  Simon Walker head of the EDU at Greenwich University had invited me to meet and talk LAMS.  When I got there I discovered they were doing some ground breaking work on Graduate Attributes. In the podcast episode Graduate Attributes – Spin or Education Simon talks about the long term initiative the University has to develop their academic skills and framework and push this into a pedagogical framework. How they involve the students and the tools they have developed is worth reflection.

Kingston University M25LTG:  When invited to present at this event while in London, I had no idea what that meant.  We caught the tube and some buses and eventually ended up at Kingston University for the M25 (thats the Motorway) Learning with Technology Users Group. A innovative users group of LT professionals from the University College Londondifferent universities across the wider London area.  Note to self – we need to start this in Adelaide South Australia. It was also great to meet Dr Ian Green my fellow ADE from the University of Adelaide while in London – it was unexpected. He joined me in the rest of the visits and seminars.

Blended PADAGOGY 201 and 101 seminars: were needed at London University and the University College London:     Tim Neumann a colleague and good friend from the London Knowledge Lab had organised a 2 hour iPad Seminar at London and another Australian colleague who works for UCL organised one there.  Both were well attended and Ian and I did our joint presentation as we always do. The response was very positive.

ADE Cork Day 3Transforming global education: (and learning a bit of Irish) reads the tee shirt we received on our arrival in Cork. Thus began an incredible week of professional learning managed by Apple but the real learning happened in the small groups.  The video at the start of this blog entry gives you an insight of what it was like and the visual journey is stunning thanks to the great photos that were taken there and shared by Daniel Woo of the University of NSW.  As the saying goes “It ain’t over ’til it’s over!”  Everyone who attended the event has committed to work to an October deadline to publish content on the ADE iTunesU. There will be significant curriculum published for the developing of teachers as an outcome of Cork.

Finally Scotland and The University of Edinburgh:  This was actually an email type I call “a G’day email” I literally looked up the university website ans found the team running a post graduate elearning course ans said “G’day I’m visiting Edinburgh and Edinburgh from the castlewondered if ….” four or five emails later we had set up a PADAGOGY201 workshop that filled up with registrations in 24 hours from announcement and had a waiting list. They said it was the fastest response they have ever had to an elearning event.

We had a successful  seminar and the next day started the marathon journey home. Edinburgh to London… changed planes.  London to Singapore overnight no sleep …. thank goodness 4 hours sleep in the airport hotel then back on the A380 now that’s a plane and overnight to Sydney still no sleep… then change planes again and home to Adelaide. Over 48 hours travelling… but it was worth it.

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