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  1. 2. “ The most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe.” James Watson – Nobel Prize for discovering DNA
  2. 5. How does all this stuff work?
  3. 6. sequential simultaneous text context
  4. 8. My Sneaking Tears by M Slaughter <ul><li>How heavy fell the rain that day </li></ul><ul><li>From burdened clouds of mournful grey. </li></ul><ul><li>The torrent forced them stay their height - </li></ul><ul><li>Composure swayed by onerous might. </li></ul><ul><li>My skin wrung wet with icy chill </li></ul><ul><li>As mud embraced that sodden hill. </li></ul><ul><li>But mind of mine had elsewhere gone - </li></ul><ul><li>'Twas clouds abandoned I was on. </li></ul><ul><li>The driving drops advanced their gears </li></ul><ul><li>To camouflage my sneaking tears - </li></ul><ul><li>Whence now did swell such floods of pain </li></ul><ul><li>To see me melt into this rain… </li></ul>
  5. 9. <ul><li>“ Together they forge an elaborate network of some one quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) connections that guides how we talk, eat, breathe and move. ” Dan Pink 2005 </li></ul>
  6. 10. Dan Pink
  7. 12. Agricultural Age to Industrial Age to Information Age to Conceptual Age
  8. 13. Information Age (L Directed Learning) <ul><li>Information, content was key </li></ul><ul><li>number crunchers </li></ul><ul><li>Standardised testing, rote learning, no questioning </li></ul><ul><li>Business degrees </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanical thinking – factories, production lines.. </li></ul>
  9. 14. Right Brainers Will Rule the Future (the Conceptual Age) <ul><li>Abundance </li></ul><ul><li>Asia </li></ul><ul><li>Automaton </li></ul><ul><li>Can someone overseas do it cheaper? </li></ul><ul><li>Can a computer do it faster? </li></ul><ul><li>Is what I’m offering in demand? </li></ul>
  10. 15. <ul><li>“ We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist,
Using technologies that haven’t been invented,
In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Karl Fisch </li></ul>
  11. 17. <ul><li>So marrying the two together gives us the best learning and the best creative outcomes and the creative minds we create/guide today will guide the future directions of our society. </li></ul><ul><li>but </li></ul><ul><li>Aren’t some subjects just ‘left brain’ sort of areas? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this stuff changeable? </li></ul>
  12. 19. <ul><li>Statistics surround us.. </li></ul><ul><li>They explain, query, state our </li></ul><ul><li>habits, political persuasion, </li></ul><ul><li>human existence, </li></ul><ul><li>natural limits, </li></ul><ul><li>natural world…. </li></ul><ul><li>We should all identify with Statistics because </li></ul><ul><li>(apologies for the grammar) they are us! </li></ul><ul><li>So why … when some students are </li></ul><ul><li>asked about what their favourite </li></ul><ul><li>Maths area is they rarely say </li></ul><ul><li>Stats/Data?? </li></ul>
  13. 20. Australian Bureau of Statistics           From cat. no. 4910.0 - Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, Apr 2009 (Data Cube, Table 1) Dataset S14: Children Participating in Selected Activities, By sex–2003, 2006 and 2009 PARTICIPATION RATE (%)       MALES 2003 2006 2009 Participation in organised cultural activities (a)       Playing a musical instrument 13.2 17.6 18.7 Singing 2.3 2.9 3.1 Dancing 1.6 2.4 3.0 Drama 2.3 2.8 2.8 At least one selected organised cultural activity (b) 16.8 21.7 23.0         Participation in organised sports (excluding dancing) (a)       Swimming 15.7 16.5 17.2 Soccer (outdoor) 22.2 19.6 19.9 Australian Rules football 13.6 13.8 16.0 Netball 0.6 *0.1 *0.3 Tennis 9.5 8.0 9.4 Basketball 8.6 7.4 8.5 Martial arts 6.2 6.1 7.5 Cricket (outdoor) 9.1 10.1 9.7 Gymnastics 1.7 1.6 1.7 Rugby League 5.6 7.9 7.0 Athletics, track and field 3.8 2.6 3.0 Soccer (indoor) 1.9 3.3 4.3 Hockey 2.5 1.7 1.8 Other organised sports 15.5 17.5 15.8 At least one organised sport (b) 68.6 68.8 69.6 Organised sports and/or dancing (c) 69.0 69.4 70.4
  14. 21. http:// www.census.gov /schools/ census_for_kids / census_for_kids.html?
  15. 22. Scootle data sets http://data.gov.au/data/ Rugby World Cup App
  16. 23. We feel fine Design Story Empathy
  17. 24. Visualising.org Design Story
  18. 25. data + story + design
  19. 27. Gapminder Design Symphony
  20. 28. Visual.ly
  21. 30. Design Story Empathy Symphony
  22. 31. Infographics – stats and data for right brainers
  23. 33. Creating infographics with kids <ul><li>Wordle / Tagxedo </li></ul><ul><li>Excel/Numbers/Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Many Eyes </li></ul><ul><li>Hohli: Online Chart Builders </li></ul><ul><li>StatPlanet Map Builder </li></ul><ul><li>Publisher/Glogster/Photoshop/picnik etc.. </li></ul><ul><li>Cartooning sites </li></ul><ul><li>Visualize (iPad app) </li></ul>
  24. 34. Stephen Covey’s Habits of Highly Effective People – The Leader in Me Program
  25. 36. <ul><li>Flisti - A simple poll creator that allows users to share w/ popular social networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Obsurvey - A great site w/ a wiki-style interface that allows users to create surveys w/ different styles of questions (multiple choice, true/false, etc.). </li></ul><ul><li>Survey Monkey - One of the best online sites for creating surveys. The free version offers 10 questions per survey, up to a 100 responses, and real-time results. </li></ul>
  26. 37. <ul><li>Vorbeo - A very easy to use site that lets users embed a poll directly into their blog/website. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask 500 – my personal favourite because it brings up the map of where people are voting from. We can have fabulous conversations about population pools and the kids get a kick when their question is ‘ hosted ’ . </li></ul><ul><li>Poll Everywhere – can be used with staff, kids on computers (or phones if you have a liberal school). </li></ul>
  27. 38. Unrealfooty.com
  28. 40. Teaching to think and utilising left and right brain capabilities will be the gate keepers of success for the future
  29. 43. <ul><li>“ We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist,
Using technologies that haven’t been invented,
In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Karl Fisch </li></ul>

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