I am presenting today as a curator of what is being discussed all over the world on this idea. This is industry talk…there are many people talking about this….it is not new pedagogy. BUT, we do need to work together to be better detectives of learning
Being the detective and looking deeper at what is occurring….. Just as a detective unveils the mystery….we as teachers need to show, document and share the learning that is occurring, when often the learner is not even aware of it.
How is it done? Can we do this better?
We need to do this to show families and administrators the learning that is occurring for transparency and to avoid crowding our curriculum. GIVE MY STORY of why it became important and my blog analysis….
Example: Action – Action is not happening in the school • After an accreditation an area for improvement was ensuring that action was occurring. Things get heated and ideas were flowing about how we can ensure more action….BUT then we all realized the action IS occurring, we just weren’t documenting it properly. Mostly because not enough staff had fully come to understand action, but once it was understand it became easy. ACTION became a tag or category on each classes blog, it became identified as a label during school assemblies and there was no longer the need to add it to the curriculum as such JUST DOCUMENT IT BETTER AND EXPLAIN IT.
THEN…How can we LEVERAGE this using technology?…explore tools, discuss ideas.
Creativity is now valued….thinking is understood….critical thinking is vital… we need to capture all of this in action….
We now know that deep learning is not always transparent nor obvious. It has been discussed and shared by Reggio Emilia documentation practices and pedagogy , Making thinking visible, Silvia Tolisano, Langwitches… Documenting4learning, John Hattie….They all discuss these ideas, the need to document, to give feedback and to share learning….this is industry buzz.
John Burns key note at iPad conference KL had 5 points to motivate creativity and change….4 was: Codify practice: document simple snapshots of practice within a single point of truth
BUT more importantly…students who are learning and growing authentically deserve the support….. for learning and exploring to be allowed and to give us as educators accountability. Kids don’t know our buzz words or processes….nor do parents. But we know thinking skills, critical thinking, creativity, compassion, empathy and all the rest occur in many ways across the curriculum. By being DETECTIVES and exposing learning we allow them to get on with the job.
Being a detective and looking deeper Being aware of what we see Understanding process Using technology
To explore this I would like you to look at this collection of scenarios - choose how you work best - individually, pairs, tables….but consider……
Briefly explain the scenarios Gursyerllyn and the phone – thinking skills Pre K child and stones – extending thinking and learning Mei Li book – shows her learning that wasn’t obvious Monty’s writing – initiative and interest that must be bolstered Yosef student – he did in fact do what he lost marks for not doing Play event – considered uneducational
This is an exhaustive list….it is also a constantly changing list: blogs social media - twitter, FB, Weechat, whats app movies - making movies, editing and compiling images - plain, with annotations, sound and in sequences QR codes - traditional and student generated Portfolio platforms - Seesaw Note taking platforms - Evernote skype/facetime screen-casting - multiple tools Annotation apps - Retype Newsletters - publishing templates e-books e-portfolios - See saw, evernote
This is an exhaustive list….it is also a constantly changing list: blogs social media - twitter, FB, Weechat movies - making movies, editing and compiling images - plain, with annotations, sound and in sequences QR codes - traditional and student generated Portfolio platforms - Seesaw Note taking platforms - Evernote skype/facetime - sharing learning realtime with school community. screen-casting - multiple tools Annotation apps - Retype Newsletters - publishing templates Tell about - image and sound….allows for mother tonge Using available media to explain learning - Play movies
BISS QR image Aurasma image E-Book -
This is a complex tool but highly effective once your school defines the perimeters for the community. wechat - building relationships and awareness. Can be general Can be specific
So this is an example of how our third grade teacher leveraged learning by using Wechat
it began with a homework task…what maths can you document at home? to the children and then on we chat….
kids started to document…wasn’t part of the plan but the medium itself allowed tractiin, interaction and exploration. This was the first upload of a film.
then a child recorded an oral response…then questions and dialogue started..
Shared interests, understandings and true learning at home began….the tool leveraged the learning that could have been invisible.
Children honour us by learning!
Children are learning more - Dylan Williams has shared the fact that….IQ tests are re-benchmarked every 10 years! Kids are getting smarter every generation. NOT everyone knows this…it is our job to join these dots….
WHY: • To authenticate the learning that is not obvious, BUT highly significant! • To ensure we don’t crowd the curriculum • To allow children to learn at their own rate and VALIDATE that learning • To market the school, to market yourself • To truly support each and every child’s achievements • To better inform the teaching • To allow the child’s learning to continue unimpeded
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A W A R E N E S S A N D T E C H N O L O G Y
How can we leverage the
learning we see?
P U L L O U R
I N V I S I B L E
C L O A K …
L O O K A T T H E V A R I O U S
S C E N A R I O S O N Y O U R
T A B L E S …
• What are we looking for?
Choose a situation and consider in
pairs or groups the hidden learning
that is occurring:
• What is it?
• Why do we need to expose it?
• Why are these scenarios at risk
if learning is not revealed?
H O W C A N W E U S E T E C H N O L O G Y T O
L E V E R A G E O U R F I N D I N G S ?
W H Y I S T H I S
I M P O R T A N T ?
S E E , D O C U M E N T A N D
S H A R E
• To authenticate the learning
that is not obvious, BUT
• To ensure we don’t crowd the
• To allow children to learn at
their own rate and VALIDATE
• To truly support each and
every child’s achievements
• To better inform the teaching
• To allow the child’s learning
to continue unimpeded
G O O D
I N V E S T I G A T I O N S
S U P P O R T Y O U
A N D T H E S C H O O L
F O R O U R S C H O O L S A N D U S A S P R O F E S S I O N A L S
• K N O W T H E P E D A G O G I E S O F L E A R N I N G
• S U P P O R T Y O U R T E A M S I N T H E S E A R C H
F O R W H A T Y O U A R E L O O K I N G F O R
• E X P E R I M E N T W I T H T E C H N O L O G Y
• S H A R E T H E L E A R N I N G W I T H T H O U G H T
A N D A N A W A R E N E S S O F A U D I E N C E
R E S O U R C E S
• Langwitches http://langwitches.org/blog/
• Alison Cameare - http://issk1-2.weebly.com/home/negotiating-space-relationships-through-group-painting
• Kindergarten Life - https://kindergartenlife.wordpress.com/
• Train the Teacher - http://traintheteacher.me/2015/09/15/cross-post-re-thinking-rubrics-coetail/
• John Burns - http://www.j0hn.org/
• BISS Kindergarten - www.blogs.biss.com.cn/kindergarten
• Mrs. Wideen’s blog - http://www.mrswideen.com/2015/09/using-drawing-app-to-show-
• Understand the subtlety of Play– http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/the-genius-of-play-vital-benefits-of-playtime-in-9-animations
xploring the different ways of DOCUMENTING, and