The Future Of Teaching


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What's going to happen to the teaching profession over the next decade? Will technology supplant the human at the front of the room? This session explores some of those future scenarios; and then provides four future-proofing strategies for sustaining the present great work in the profession.

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The Future Of Teaching

  1. 1. The Future Of Teaching Tony Ryan w. t. aussietony
  2. 2. What’s coming up in education? What to do about it!
  3. 3. It’s not necessarily about the technology. It’s about the humanity and the learning! Some core points about the future of teaching: If you can be replaced by a robot, then you need to be! Prediction is fraught with dilemma. Instead, we must develop preferable scenarios; and then place them into sustained action.
  4. 4. What could occur up ahead? Techno-dystopia? Techno-utopia? But it always needs to be about people with people Not necessarily either
  5. 5. Most issues are sensationalised The better things get, the worse people think they are The future will be full of amazing new advances Some recent perspectives on the future
  6. 6. Learning 1.0. Didactic instruction; front and centre; sage on the stage Learning 2.0. Two-way interactive; co-creative; tech clearly advances the learning Learning 3.0. One-on-one; ubiquitious immersive student- centred authentic inquiry Learning 4.0. Transformational; global brain/mind interfaces; telepathic learning experiences 1820s - 1990s? 1980’s - 2020? 2000 - 2030? 2015 - 2040s?
  7. 7. Future-proofing in your personal life?? Physical fitness Financial back-up Great relationships Lifelong learning
  8. 8. Future-proofing in education?? Respect your own welfare Curate knowledge Focus on the learning Think differently
  9. 9. Respect your own welfare
  10. 10. Apply the Wardrobe Principle - if you take on something new, then get rid of something else Use 2013 thinking to resolve 2013 issues eg crowdsource for resources Find the fabled 50:50 balance between Self and Others Focus on solutions
  11. 11. PROBLEMS SOLUTIONS I can’t keep up with new technologies Find a coach; set up your peer network We don’t get enough professional development Tap into your staff’s expertise We don’t have enough tech resources Focus on the learning first; and then use the tech you have The students know more than me Rethink the way you can utilise their skills in your lessons This tech stuff isn’t for me Wake Up Focus On Solutions
  12. 12. “..the 21st century is about embracing change, not fighting it.” Principles of the new culture: 1. The old ways of learning are unable to keep up with our rapidly changing world. 2. New media forms are making peer- to-peer learning easier and more natural.
  13. 13. A strong hint: Your best resource in your school is each other. The great schools focus equally on Pedagogy and Andragogy (adult learning). The core focus: To reframe the Mental Models we hold as teachers. It’s not just a ‘classroom’ any more; it’s everywhere anytime.
  14. 14. A 10 year-old? A 70 year-old? Whoever knows their stuff... And then.... do it regularly! Make it a part of your life (without overdoing it) Questions for coaching: 1.What are you doing right now? 2.What else could you do? 3.What will you do? 4. How and when will you do it? 5. How will you keep it going? Adapted from “The Leadership Coaching Guide” Get a tech coach
  15. 15. Curate knowledge Respect your own welfare
  16. 16. Curating your students’ learning Curating your own learning Curation is done with two groups in your professional work as teachers: Curation: Clarifying the core essence of what needs to be learned
  17. 17. Online eg social media; online readers; worthwhile mobile apps Real life eg regular get- togethers with former peers; coaching with another staff member How do you ‘curate’ what you need to know when using your Learning Network?
  18. 18. Use an online reader to curate what you want to find out
  19. 19. feedly bloglovin digg pinterest Other options
  20. 20. Curate knowledge Focus on their learning Respect your own welfare
  21. 21. 23 1993 Assignments - Use a large piece of shiny cardboard; cut out some magazine photos; copy text from an encyclopedia (and yet, little idea of context) 2013 Assessment Tasks- Construct a wiki; steal images from google; plagiarise from a Cheat Site (and yet, little idea of context) Does technology advance the intellectual rigour!! If not, then maybe it’s not worth it.
  22. 22. Here’s an example: Wordle - a good visual organiser... but does it encourage thinking?
  23. 23. Drop your written article into wordle; and you can determine what key words you use in your writing. Now you’re using wordle to generate some thinking.
  24. 24. We’re moving from knowledge consumption to knowledge co-creation eg setting an assessment task that involves the creation of worthwhile apps
  25. 25. Using the best of both worlds....!
  26. 26. 6 Blended Learning models
  27. 27. Rethinking what it means to have a ‘classroom’
  28. 28. Will degrees maintain their credibility in the years ahead?
  29. 29. The use of wearable technology in learning.The concept of a ‘global teacher’ is getting closer
  30. 30. Brain-Computer Interfaces in everyday teaching?
  31. 31. Facilitating learning just by thinking?
  32. 32. User interaction data Inferred student data
  33. 33. Curate knowledge Focus on their learning Think differently Respect your own welfare
  34. 34. The square is very 20th Century!
  35. 35. In 1894, the Times of London estimated that by 1950, every street in the city would be buried nine feet deep in horse manure. The world will be different up ahead.Think differently.
  36. 36. Could schools think like this?
  37. 37. Rename your classrooms
  38. 38. Plan for The Future
  39. 39. “For decades, technology encouraged people to squander their time and intellect as passive consumers. Today, tech has finally caught up with human potential.” (Clay Shirky) Tap into your school’s ‘cognitive surplus’
  40. 40. On a rating of 1 to 10, how inspiring do you think education will be in the next 10 years? On a rating of 1 to 10, how inspiring do you think your own life will be in the next 10 years?
  41. 41. The Future Of Teaching Tony Ryan How can we ‘predict’ the future of teaching? By creating it!