DEC Scan Journal : Volume 34 Issue 4
2015 Volume 34, Issue 4 9 Contents Editorial Reflections Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews The second keynote presentation was presented by Dr Kylie Shaw, Senior Lecturer and Researcher at The University of Newcastle. In the first part of her engaging and informative presentation, Kylie outlined the methodology and findings of the Innovative Teaching and Learning research project. This comprehensive study of 159 schools across 7 countries included several NSW public schools and was sponsored by Microsoft Partners in Learning. The extensive study identified the kinds of pedagogical practice which was most effective for development of future learning skills, which are identified as: • knowledge building • self-regulation and assessment • problem solving and innovation • collaboration • global awareness • ICT use • skilled communication. A detailed outline of this study and its findings are outlined in two recent Scan articles, which were part of the conference pre-reading (See references and further reading). Delegates were asked to evaluate their own practice and consider how they could incorporate the innovative teaching practices identified in the study and listed here, in future learning design: • including long term learning activities • extending learning beyond the classroom • incorporating innovation and problem solving • using ICT to build knowledge and engage understanding of how various literacies connect to create new knowledge. Judy also touched on managing knowledge obsolescence in a crowded information environment. In response to these changes, teacher librarians need to reframe what they teach and how they organise library spaces in schools to meet the needs of future learners. Judy’s presentation provided a wealth of information and resources about how this shift could be accomplished and many conference delegates expressed their excitement about her vision for school libraries of the future. Judy shared her presentation slides and tweeted out the link during the conference. Keynote 2: Future learning – spotlight on innovative practice • incorporating cross disciplinary tasks and learning across the curriculum. Kylie also emphasised that effective teacher collaboration was pivotal to success in implementing innovative practice and its role in effective pedagogy is not a new concept for teacher librarians. However, it is not always easy to implement in schools. Kylie’s presentation provided fresh, evidence- based inspiration and effective tools to help teacher librarians to develop this key 21st century/future learning skill. CS 1: Oliver - What benefits for learners and teachers? This session showcased the Lighthouse Schools Program (intranet) and their implementation of Oliver as a learning and teaching tool. Two teacher librarians presented, outlining examples of using Oliver to engage students in explicit, scaffolded learning. Emphasis was placed on the potential of Oliver for supporting future learning. Dr Kylie Shaw – identifying and implementing innovative practice The conference was excellent. I was so inspired I shared much of the day in the staff meeting Monday morning and have already collaborated with staff to put some of the strategies discussed at the conference into action. The Principal and staff were also very enthusiastic - enthusiasm is infectious!
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