Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GAFE summit Opening Keynote

8:30 - 9:30am Keynote- All Right Stop, Collaborate and Listen with Suan Yeo
A new and open world for learning

Top three tech trends in 2015

Connected life platforms are emerging

  • Wearables
  • Smart Homes
  • Connected Cars

Mobile shapes the 'internet of me"

  • Smartphones (1.3B in 2014)
  • Time on phones > TV/Laptops
  • 1 in 5 Google searches are location related...

The Speed of life gets even faster

  • "Go Pro" Lifestyle
  • TLDR; Twitter/Vine/Snapchat
  • Virtual Assistants - OK Google
Access versus Ownership...

Computational Thinking

The next BIG frontier is the MIND

Training computers to mimic certain conditions..

What do you want to be when you grow up or what problem do you want to solve...

Third time in two weeks this edtalk has been recommended...
Take time to watch it!
The key to success - grit?

What question did you ask in school today? Using this approach to empower your learners to dig deeper.

Thinking is far more about the questions than it ever is about the answers....

"Thinking is not driven by answers but by questions!"

The average four year old asks 400 questions a day...

Children are born inquisitive, do schools kill creativity?

Googleable versus non-googleable questions... research, consult with peers, interact....

How are we re-thinking the ways we teach?

Learning must be FUN! Have we ensured we have kept the creativity? The love for play, creation, must be inherent in what we do!

Great teachers MAKE A DIFFERENCE - showing the journey, the workings,

"There is one thing software will never do: replace teachers. Even the most self-motivated student needs guidance and support. But software can play a crucial role, for example by connecting teachers to each other"

Well-designed classrooms can boost learning progress in primary school pupils by16%, new research reveals 

Start with education as the goal

Technology wave is not slowing down - it is only getting better...

Chromebooks... growing HUGELY in the education space...
Bringing equitable computing to the next 1 Billion users... Originally began as a 20% project at Google - look where it is boing now....

Affordable chromebooks - and chrome sticks....

Google [X] projects?
Google fibre
Google self drive cars
Google loon
Antishake spoons for Parkinsons sufferers
Contact lens to measure glucose levels....

What are we doing in education to encourage our learners to look beyond where they are, ask the questions, look for problems to solve???

Knowledge is not about knowing facts, it should be about creativity and problem solving.  Give problems, give freedom to hypothesize... Learner driven pedagogy!  Emotions are the basis for learning.  Make sense of a new situation explore, change mindsets, embrace learning process, setting the foundations for lifelong learning and reaching for the sky.... transformational...

What a powerful start to our #gafesummit here in Christchurch... MAGIC....

What is my "X"?  What are the problems I am trying to solve with my schools, my clusters, my journey???

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