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Student Autonomy
Flat Learning– Global Collaboration
Julie Lindsay
#ozelive2015
Meet Julie Lindsay…..
Global Educator, Innovator
Teacherpreneur, Author
MA Educational Technology Leadership
MA Music
EdD ...
Flat Learning
Global
Collaboration
Student
Autonomy
The focus of this presentation is on developing
student autonomy to build learning networks and
communities of practice fo...
What is a ‘Flat Student’?
What is ‘Flat Learning’?
Flat Learning
Where ALL learners have freedom to
communicate ‘across’ rather than
up or down
FLAT LEARNING?
Digital access and fluency
supports new learning
modes……Flat, connected
learning!
Synchronous ‘flat’ learning
Challenge: To be able to sustain connections beyond the face-to-face
experience and beyond the...
Asynchronous ‘flat’ learning
BLENDED
Learning modes
Flat Connected
Learning
Collaborative
– Culture of
Sharing
Blended
learning
Flipped
learning
Inquiry
based
Project /
Chall...
More ‘flat’, connected learning ideas
• Learning 2.0
– Participatory
– Relies on interaction with other learners
– Not wha...
Learning 3.0?
“If Web 1.0 was the 'Write Web' and Web 2.0 is
the 'Read/Write Web', then Web 3.0 will be the
'Read/Write/Co...
http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/next-generation-learning.html
Next Generation Learning
“The pipe is more important than the content in the
Connectivism – George Siemens
‘Connectivism’
“…..draws upon the fact t...
What are enablers for flat learning?
• Web 2.0 tools – access at home and at school
• Curriculum redesign
• Promoting the ...
What Hattie tells us about ‘Effect Size’
http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/media-speeches/guestlectures/pdfs/tgls-h...
What Hattie tells us about ‘Effect Size’
http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/media-speeches/guestlectures/pdfs/tgls-h...
How connected
are you as an
educator?
How are you
connecting your
students to the
world?
The 90 second challenge
Add your ...
Global
Collaboration
nick-diamantidis
Definition – ‘Global Collaboration’
‘Global collaboration’ broadly refers to
geographically dispersed educators,
classroom...
The future of ‘flat’ learning includes
collaboration online.
How are we supporting this?
How can we take this from local t...
THREE easy steps……
1. Build online learning
communities
2. Design for success
3. Move to collaboration
and co-creation
Flat Connections Global Project (FCGP)
• 500 students
• 20+ classrooms
• 6 countries
• 36 student teams
• 1 Keynote
• 24 E...
FCGP Community for Learning
Interact and
Share with
the World
Collaborative
Learning
Community
Network
Spaces for Global Learning
Spaces for Connection……..
Spaces for Collaboration……
Student Leadership…….
What do student leaders think?
Communication was difficult. I don't think that it
was necessarily just being in different ...
Students as global project leaders……
This project was a great experience for me to
be able to collaborate with people from...
Challenges to global collaboration…..
I would often send messages to my team members, but
I think most of those messages w...
Student comment the next year..
“When I am not connecting globally I feel
disconnected”
Berea District, USA
What do
teachers need
to know to
bring global
collaboration to
the classroom?
How are you
bringing global
connections and
...
Student
Autonomy
Coming towards a definition…..
….the level of control, autonomy, and power
that a student experiences in an educational
si...
Thoughts on ‘Student Agency’
• Refers to the level of control, autonomy, and
power that a student experiences in an
educat...
School on Cloud: Towards a Paradigm Shift
EU Network School on Cloud: Namely, that present conditions
require a new teachi...
If ‘normal’ school is not supporting
students autonomy for global
connections, what alternatives exist
now?
• Virtual scho...
Examples of ‘Virtual Schools’
• NETschool Bendigo
– http://www.bssc.edu.au/college/netschool
• Schools of Isolated and Dis...
Tool-based approach – Building curriculum
• EduonGo - https://eduongo.com/v2/
• Canvas - http://canvas.instructure.com/
• ...
Getting back to Student
Agency……How do we foster it?
• How do we give students choices within the
current education system...
Example: Albany Senior High NZ
Learning to Learn for Life
• ePortfolios implemented
– Thinking about learning
– Reflecting...
Visible Learning - Hattie
Hattie (2009) observes that “significantly high
effects on students’ learning are found where
th...
Barriers to Student Agency
• School structures
– Timetables
– Curriculum objectives
– Assessment requirements
• Teacher at...
The Role of the Teacher
• Change agent
• Enabler, not barrier
• Range of learning strategies
• Provide feedback
• Visibly ...
Effect Size (ES) - Hattie
http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/media-speeches/guestlectures/pdfs/tgls-hattie.pdf
Is the teacher
the barrier to
student
autonomy/agen
cy?
What ideas do
you have to
remove the
barriers so
learning can be
f...
Teachers and ‘Social Change’
‘Social change’ refers to a paradigm shift to
constructivist teaching modes infused with
onli...
Social Change
The change we are seeing …….
• Community building as a prerequisite to
learning
• Collaboration that leads to co-creation
...
What the research is telling us….
Many teachers adopt technology without
changing their pedagogy in order to
complete low-...
What about Global Learning
and Collaboration?
Teacher knowledge about how
to embed global learning is low
Those who integr...
My ‘Moonshot’…….. #gtasyd 2014
https://www.flickr.com/photos/29131777@N03/8309024612
Team Giant Leap
‘Learning Collaboratives’
• Supports student passion and choices in
learning
• Global teams
• Learning concierge support
•...
An alternative approach to ‘school’
A redesign of the learning
paradigm where STUDENTS take
the lead in connecting and
col...
Learning Concierge
• Teacher ‘Activator’
• May have students in the collaborative or not
• Supports the learning – monitor...
Connect with China
Language Learning Collaborative
Goal: To join global Chinese language
speakers (native and non-native) ...
Coming soon……..
2. Social Entrepreneurship Learning
Collaborative
Pilot planned for September 2015
Goal: The collaborative...
Three things to takeaway…...
Image: '| WHITE moment |’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/34145688@N00/90120985
Learning does not
happen in isolation!
Image: 'Star pencil’ ttp://www.flickr.com/photos/29468339@N02/6097158569
Students must connect for
‘flat’ learning!
SHIFT
‘Content’ to ‘Context’
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29131777@N03/9528549446
Main website http://flatconnections.com
Teacher Network http://flatconnections.net
Contact: admin@flatconnections.com
Lear...
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Student autonomy for flat learning and global collaboration

The focus of this presentation is on developing student autonomy to build learning networks and communities of practice for collaboration, both local and global. We talk about the teacher as a connected and collaborative global learner, but we need to redesign the learning paradigm further to connect students in K-12 more independently with others. The role of the teacher as activator or ‘learning concierge’ for student network building is crucial. Knowledge construction via a non-hierarchical approach means the student must also learn to take responsibility for professional learning modes and not be reliant on the teacher as the conduit.
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Student autonomy for flat learning and global collaboration

  1. 1. Student Autonomy Flat Learning– Global Collaboration Julie Lindsay #ozelive2015
  2. 2. Meet Julie Lindsay….. Global Educator, Innovator Teacherpreneur, Author MA Educational Technology Leadership MA Music EdD Student, University of Southern Queensland Adjunct Lecturer, Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Education Global collaboration consultant Apple Distinguished Educator Google Certified Teacher Director, Learning Confluence Pty Ltd Founder, Flat Connections @julielindsay | flatconnections.com | @flatconnections | about.me/julielindsay
  3. 3. Flat Learning Global Collaboration Student Autonomy
  4. 4. The focus of this presentation is on developing student autonomy to build learning networks and communities of practice for collaboration, both local and global. We talk about the teacher as a connected and collaborative global learner, but we need to redesign the learning paradigm further to connect students in K-12 more independently with others. The role of the teacher as activator or ‘learning concierge’ for student network building is crucial. Knowledge construction via a non-hierarchical approach means the student must also learn to take responsibility for professional learning modes and not be reliant on the teacher as the conduit.
  5. 5. What is a ‘Flat Student’? What is ‘Flat Learning’? Flat Learning
  6. 6. Where ALL learners have freedom to communicate ‘across’ rather than up or down FLAT LEARNING?
  7. 7. Digital access and fluency supports new learning modes……Flat, connected learning!
  8. 8. Synchronous ‘flat’ learning Challenge: To be able to sustain connections beyond the face-to-face experience and beyond the virtual, synchronous experience e.g. Skype call.
  9. 9. Asynchronous ‘flat’ learning BLENDED Learning modes
  10. 10. Flat Connected Learning Collaborative – Culture of Sharing Blended learning Flipped learning Inquiry based Project / Challenge based PedagogyLearning Design LeadershipWeb 2.0 'Flat Connected Learning' © Julie Lindsay 2014
  11. 11. More ‘flat’, connected learning ideas • Learning 2.0 – Participatory – Relies on interaction with other learners – Not what you know but who you know • Learning 3.0 – Semantic-based architecture of webs – User and machine generated – New ways of thinking and learning http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/next-generation-learning.html
  12. 12. Learning 3.0? “If Web 1.0 was the 'Write Web' and Web 2.0 is the 'Read/Write Web', then Web 3.0 will be the 'Read/Write/Collaborate Web'. But it will not only promote learning that is more richly collaborative, it will also enable learners to come closer to 'anytime anyplace' learning and will provide intelligent solutions to web searching, document management and organisation of content. Steve Wheeler – eLearning 3.0 http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/learning-30.html
  13. 13. http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/next-generation-learning.html Next Generation Learning
  14. 14. “The pipe is more important than the content in the Connectivism – George Siemens ‘Connectivism’ “…..draws upon the fact that the very concept of knowledge and learning are changing before our eyes with the advent of new technologies.”
  15. 15. What are enablers for flat learning? • Web 2.0 tools – access at home and at school • Curriculum redesign • Promoting the ‘networked student’ – PLN and PLC development – personal branding – global digital citizenship • Student independent learning – Choices – Collaboration See ‘Who says global collaboration is hard? http://www.julielindsay.net/2014/08/who-says-global-collaboration-is-hard.html
  16. 16. What Hattie tells us about ‘Effect Size’ http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/media-speeches/guestlectures/pdfs/tgls-hattie.pdf
  17. 17. What Hattie tells us about ‘Effect Size’ http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/media-speeches/guestlectures/pdfs/tgls-hattie.pdf
  18. 18. How connected are you as an educator? How are you connecting your students to the world? The 90 second challenge Add your ideas to the chat
  19. 19. Global Collaboration nick-diamantidis
  20. 20. Definition – ‘Global Collaboration’ ‘Global collaboration’ broadly refers to geographically dispersed educators, classrooms, schools and other learning environments that use online technologies to learn with others beyond their immediate environment in order to support curricular objectives, intercultural understandings, critical thinking, personal and social capabilities and ICT capabilities
  21. 21. The future of ‘flat’ learning includes collaboration online. How are we supporting this? How can we take this from local to global? Future?
  22. 22. THREE easy steps…… 1. Build online learning communities 2. Design for success 3. Move to collaboration and co-creation
  23. 23. Flat Connections Global Project (FCGP) • 500 students • 20+ classrooms • 6 countries • 36 student teams • 1 Keynote • 24 Expert Advisors • 18 Judges and 3 Meta-judges • 213 Videos • 15 eBooks February-June 2014! http://flatconnections.com
  24. 24. FCGP Community for Learning
  25. 25. Interact and Share with the World Collaborative Learning Community Network Spaces for Global Learning
  26. 26. Spaces for Connection……..
  27. 27. Spaces for Collaboration……
  28. 28. Student Leadership…….
  29. 29. What do student leaders think? Communication was difficult. I don't think that it was necessarily just being in different time zones, but also that it was all based online. I found that the majority of the students in my team never contacted me, despite being messaged several times with the expectancy of a response. I often felt more dedicated to the task than a lot of other people in the team. However, in saying that, there were also other students who contributed significant amount of information, and should be commended for it.
  30. 30. Students as global project leaders…… This project was a great experience for me to be able to collaborate with people from all over the world and learn how to communicate with people who have different ideas and perspectives. It was like herding cats…….
  31. 31. Challenges to global collaboration….. I would often send messages to my team members, but I think most of those messages went unnoticed. It would be great if the inbox would do something more to alert you that you have a message - it would help a lot! The thing that did not work with student leaders was I felt like most people in my group just felt that it was the student leaders job to do everything and they didn't have to do anything. This could be improved by making sure people know that being part of a group means everyone needs to help and do their job.
  32. 32. Student comment the next year.. “When I am not connecting globally I feel disconnected” Berea District, USA
  33. 33. What do teachers need to know to bring global collaboration to the classroom? How are you bringing global connections and collaboration to your students? The 90 second challenge Add your ideas to the chat
  34. 34. Student Autonomy
  35. 35. Coming towards a definition….. ….the level of control, autonomy, and power that a student experiences in an educational situation.
  36. 36. Thoughts on ‘Student Agency’ • Refers to the level of control, autonomy, and power that a student experiences in an educational situation • Looks like: – Giving students choices for learning environment, subject matter, approach and/or pace – Authentic assessment – Experiential or project-based learning – Mastery-based learning http://www.knewton.com/blog/ed-tech-101/student-agency/
  37. 37. School on Cloud: Towards a Paradigm Shift EU Network School on Cloud: Namely, that present conditions require a new teaching and learning paradigm based on the integrated dimension of education, when considering the use of cloud computing. In other words, it is suggested that there is a need for an integrated approach which is simultaneously pedagogic (i.e. new role of teachers), technical/technological (i.e. use of the internet), administrative (i.e. new role of school administrators), social (i.e. a different disposition of parents towards school), political (i.e. a different approach of government to school) and cultural (i.e. new role of students), being in dialectic harmony and respecting all aspects of teaching and learning, an integral part of which are pupils, teachers and school administrators. http://earthlab.uoi.gr/theste/index.php/theste/article/view/147
  38. 38. If ‘normal’ school is not supporting students autonomy for global connections, what alternatives exist now? • Virtual school? • Home schooling? • Blended learning? • Distance education?
  39. 39. Examples of ‘Virtual Schools’ • NETschool Bendigo – http://www.bssc.edu.au/college/netschool • Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (WA) (use of Moodle) – http://www.side.wa.edu.au/about/communicatio n/news/116-welcome.html • School of the Future – BrisbaneSDE – https://brisbanesde.eq.edu.au/
  40. 40. Tool-based approach – Building curriculum • EduonGo - https://eduongo.com/v2/ • Canvas - http://canvas.instructure.com/ • Moodle…. • Others????
  41. 41. Getting back to Student Agency……How do we foster it? • How do we give students choices within the current education system? • How do we provide opportunities…?
  42. 42. Example: Albany Senior High NZ Learning to Learn for Life • ePortfolios implemented – Thinking about learning – Reflecting on learning – Cultivating stories about learning http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-resources/NZC-Updates/Issue-21-May- 2012/Why-is-learning-to-learn-so-important
  43. 43. Visible Learning - Hattie Hattie (2009) observes that “significantly high effects on students’ learning are found where they (a) can set challenging and specific goals that allow them to direct, evaluate and redirect their learning, and (b) receive feedback (from peers, teachers, parents, and own experience) that relates specifically to how the gap can be addressed between current and future performance”
  44. 44. Barriers to Student Agency • School structures – Timetables – Curriculum objectives – Assessment requirements • Teacher attitudes • Parent attitudes • Community attitudes • Student attitudes…..?
  45. 45. The Role of the Teacher • Change agent • Enabler, not barrier • Range of learning strategies • Provide feedback • Visibly learn themselves • Activator, not facilitator…….?
  46. 46. Effect Size (ES) - Hattie http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/media-speeches/guestlectures/pdfs/tgls-hattie.pdf
  47. 47. Is the teacher the barrier to student autonomy/agen cy? What ideas do you have to remove the barriers so learning can be flat and global? The 90 second challenge Add your ideas to the chat
  48. 48. Teachers and ‘Social Change’ ‘Social change’ refers to a paradigm shift to constructivist teaching modes infused with online technologies that supports global and collaborative practices and student agency
  49. 49. Social Change
  50. 50. The change we are seeing ……. • Community building as a prerequisite to learning • Collaboration that leads to co-creation with other learners who are not in the same time and space, • Pedagogical independence and leadership for change within a school/institution
  51. 51. What the research is telling us…. Many teachers adopt technology without changing their pedagogy in order to complete low-level tasks. If teachers feel pressured to change their pedagogy in order to accommodate new technologies they are more likely to resist adopting technology altogether.
  52. 52. What about Global Learning and Collaboration? Teacher knowledge about how to embed global learning is low Those who integrated global learning do so through personal commitment, rather than a formal curriculum or requirement – Implications for policy makers and teacher preparation programs
  53. 53. My ‘Moonshot’…….. #gtasyd 2014 https://www.flickr.com/photos/29131777@N03/8309024612
  54. 54. Team Giant Leap
  55. 55. ‘Learning Collaboratives’ • Supports student passion and choices in learning • Global teams • Learning concierge support • Design thinking structure • Schools, teachers, independent learners invited to apply to join • Global understanding supported by global connections, collaborations and ‘flat’ learning
  56. 56. An alternative approach to ‘school’ A redesign of the learning paradigm where STUDENTS take the lead in connecting and collaborating and co-creating solutions to global problems.
  57. 57. Learning Concierge • Teacher ‘Activator’ • May have students in the collaborative or not • Supports the learning – monitors and encourages all learners
  58. 58. Connect with China Language Learning Collaborative Goal: To join global Chinese language speakers (native and non-native) with a view to sharing language skills, living culture and developing perspective that will enable better understanding of the world through connected and collaborative learning. Pilot April-June 2015 Guiding Question: Is my lifestyle in balance with my surrounding environment? Theme for pilot: ‘My Disposable Life’ http://www.flatconnections.com/connect-with-china.html
  59. 59. Coming soon…….. 2. Social Entrepreneurship Learning Collaborative Pilot planned for September 2015 Goal: The collaborative is a one-semester ‘program’ to introduce social entrepreneurship and the design thinking process to foster problem identification, ideation, prototype development, feedback and iteration.
  60. 60. Three things to takeaway…...
  61. 61. Image: '| WHITE moment |’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/34145688@N00/90120985 Learning does not happen in isolation!
  62. 62. Image: 'Star pencil’ ttp://www.flickr.com/photos/29468339@N02/6097158569 Students must connect for ‘flat’ learning!
  63. 63. SHIFT ‘Content’ to ‘Context’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/29131777@N03/9528549446
  64. 64. Main website http://flatconnections.com Teacher Network http://flatconnections.net Contact: admin@flatconnections.com Learning about the world, with the world @julielindsay | flatconnections.com | @flatconnections | about.me/julielindsay

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