Well it’s been another great day at ULearn! Lane Clark started the day with a very good keynote and the day will finish later tonight with the conference Gala Dinner. I’ll stick with no more than 5 points per speaker.
In breakout 4 I presented with Sandy Dougherty. You can see our presentation in my previous blog post.
Keynote 3: Lane Clark – Learning to learn: it’s bigger than inquiry
Lane Clark is a good speaker. She has some very good ideas however I was a little distracted by her very busy (some impossible to read) slides. Here are a few points from her keynote.
- “Are we preparing learners for their future or our past?” – This was an interesting way to start. Some teachers do teach in the way that it’s always been done, and it may not be relevant to our students now or in the future.
- The best learning takes place when it is RELEVANT. “You don’t figure out why you did the learning at the end of the journey. You know it at the start.” - I know I’m guilty of teaching students lots of information and then trying to make it relevant. We need to make it relevant from the start!
- Our job is to help students pick the right tools to use in order to learn.
- Our job is to keep the brain engaged!
- Teach our kids how to learn.
Teach them how to think.
Teach them how to think in order to learn.
Breakout 3: Craig Cummings & Kirsty Forsyth – An Inquiry Approach for 21st-Century Learning
This breakout session was very similar to the keynote, as both focused on inquiry learning. Craig and Kirsty are involved in inquiry learning and have used/adapted some of Lane Clarks tools.
http://stixy.com/guest/83314 – handouts and more available
- Make learning authentic and real!
- Immersing students in a topic is a great way to get them involved and interested.
- Learning should be engaging and stimulating!
If students aren’t engaged then will they be learning? Will they be learning well?
The key theme for both the keynote and breakout 3 for me was… Make learning relevant to students!