Last week I was involved with a forward thinking professional development event with all the headteachers in East Ayrshire (primary and secondary). The event was based on the ‘Building Windmills Model’ that was developed by Con Morris from the National CPD Team.
The title of the event gets its name from the old Chineas proberb:
‘When the winds of change come, some build walls, others build windmills”As well as facilitating, I was asked to deliver a couple of sessions on new technology and education. One of the sessions was titled ‘the changing learning landscape’ where I tried to get the audience to think a little differently about new technology, education and schooling.
My message was basically in three parts:
- How technology and youth culture is changing (linked to recent research)
- Examples of effective learning due to sound pedagogy and student engagement (linked to the LTScotland Consolarium Project)
- The notion of digital entitlement and other critical questions for school leaders
The slides that I used during the presentation are embedded below:
I also delivered a session on Personal Learning Networks. This was basically a re-run of my workshop at the Scottish International Summer School on School Leadership. You can access resources about personal learning networks for school leaders here.
Andrew Brown was also presenting at the conference and you can find copies of his slides and observations from day one over on his personal website.
Also, if you were one of the headteachers present at the workshop remember you can continue with the discussion via the South Ayrshire Building Windmills GLOW Group – or just send me an email.