2013 Thinking and Learning Conference – Day 3 Materials

Here are my session materials for day three of the 2013 Thinking and Learning Conference in Melbourne.  Hope you find them useful:

Enhancing and Amplifying Pedagogy with Digital Tools

Caught in the grips of change that is at once urgent and poorly understood, educators interested in creating 21st century learning environments often lose sight of the fact that there is nothing inherently magical or revolutionary about technology. Technology is only magical and revolutionary when accomplished teachers find ways to make learning more efficient and effective with new digital tools and services. In this session, participants are introduced to a process for making choices about the role that technology can and should play in their classrooms and schools.

Why Twitter Matters

Exploding on the social media scene in July of 2006, Twitter – a microblogging service that allows users to publicly share and follow short, 140-character messages with one another – has rapidly become one of the most popular online destinations on the Web. Sadly – thanks to a sea of politicians posting naughty pictures and celebrities pumping their own egos – Twitter is often poorly understood. In this session, designed for Twitter beginners, participants are shown just how important Twitter can be to professional educators.

Kids, Blogs and Causes

No matter how old they are, our students WANT to make a difference in their world. Using digital tools to raise awareness about important issues – a process known as clicktivism – is a great strategy for tapping into that desire to get involved and a great way to incorporate traditional academic skills into real-world activities that resonate with kids. In this session, participants are introduced to the role that blogs can play in classrooms committed to causes AND the curriculum.

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5 comments

  1. Christine

    Did the workshop on KIVA, and I think it’s fantastic, and I will definitely be using this concept with my Geography courses back at school. I know straight away of a list of students who want to be involved in changing the world with charity and donations etc.

    • Bill Ferriter

      Good luck to you Christine! All I know is my kids are super jazzed by their Kiva work. It’s the time that I see them most motivated by a school task. Let me know if I can ever help!

      Bill

  2. Annette Chidzey

    Thanks Bill for some great sessions. I feel they were great. I am keen to have my Year 10 class at Saint Ignatius College Geelong interact with your class. Hope that is possible. Regards Annette

    • Bill Ferriter

      No sweat, Annette! Glad the sessions were helpful — and drop me an email sometime if you want to talk more about trying to connect our kids. That’s always a blast.

      Thanks for coming today,
      Bill

  3. patbuoncristiani

    Looking forward to tomorrow. I’m also very interested in the notion that electronic media are actually changing the way we think. Cathy Davidson (Now You See It) suggests that perhaps we are developing different forms of attention. I have been fascinated by McLuhan’s notion that media change us, and that the networked nature of electronic media will change our ways of seeing and understanding the world from primarily linear and literate to a return to more ‘mythical’ forms of apprehension. If McLuhan was right, we have to work hard to understand how our kids think.