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Google Education Roadshow @kingussiehigh #NDLW17 #digitaldifference⤴

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Well it is the end of National Digital Learning Week in Scotland (#NDLW17).

I started the week by hosting and keynoting the Scottish leg of the Google in Education UK Roadshow at Kingussie High School and finished the week by having my latest resource 'Leading a Digital Learning Strategy' published by the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) as part of their Framework for Education Leadership. More about that here.

The Google Event had a real buzz about it on Monday and it was great to have an opportunity to work with the wider roadshow team, who are currently touring the UK as part of the Google in Education Fuel the Future Tour. A special shout out must go to Louise Jones, Oli Trussell, James Leonard and Dean Stokes for their excellent presentations - I certainly learnt a lot and realised that there are lots more features within G-Suite for Education that we could be exploiting at school.

It was also great to have 20 local authorities represented at the event and a good blend between practitioners, local authority advisors and policy makers. I am interested to see what G-Suite looks like within Glow when it becomes available as part of the productivity suite in August this year.

Kingussie Google Event - May 2017

The theme of this years National Digital Learning Week was making a #digitaldifference and for a little school in the middle of the Cairngorm National Park I think we certainly punch well above our weight in terms of making a #digitaldifference. The map below is a nice illustration of just some of our influence in the last week.18527383_10158619884970702_49681753105711023_o

 

Google Education Roadshow @kingussiehigh #NDLW17 #digitaldifference⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

Kingussie Event - OB Keynote

Well it is the end of National Digital Learning Week in Scotland (#NDLW17).

I started the week by hosting and keynoting the Scottish leg of the Google in Education UK Roadshow at Kingussie High School and finished the week by having my latest resource 'Leading a Digital Learning Strategy' published by the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) as part of their Framework for Education Leadership. More about that here.

The Google Event had a real buzz about it on Monday and it was great to have an opportunity to work with the wider roadshow team, who are currently touring the UK as part of the Google in Education Fuel the Future Tour. A special shout out must go to Louise Jones, Oli Trussell, James Leonard and Dean Stokes for their excellent presentations - I certainly learnt a lot and realised that there are lots more features within G-Suite for Education that we could be exploiting at school.

It was also great to have 20 local authorities represented at the event and a good blend between practitioners, local authority advisors and policy makers. I am interested to see what G-Suite looks like within Glow when it becomes available as part of the productivity suite in August this year.

Kingussie Google Event - May 2017

The theme of this years National Digital Learning Week was making a #digitaldifference and for a little school in the middle of the Cairngorm National Park I think we certainly punch well above our weight in terms of making a #digitaldifference. The map below is a nice illustration of just some of our influence in the last week.18527383_10158619884970702_49681753105711023_o

 

Reflections from the #IntelVisionaries Launch Event, October 2015: 1 of 17 John Galvin Keynote⤴

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This is part of a short series of posts where I reflect on the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries meet up in Santa Clara, California in October 2015.

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John Galvin (Vice President, General Manager Intel Education - Revenue, Products and Services) at Intel gave the opening keynote which provided an overview of Intel’s activities in the education field. He was clear that Intel was technology company and it is obvious that it is in Intel’s interests to sell as many products as possible with Intel Inside. 

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But, I liked the other message which was about wanting products to be used well within the consumer and education space. You just can’t argue with this and I think most people by now realise that technology in schools has got the potential to be a complete disaster (even regressive) if it’s not being used properly.

John spoke well, his key messages were good and many of them resonated with me.

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"21st Century Challenges require 21st Century Skills (or Universal Skills)"

 

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"Today students are tomorrow’s world problem solvers"

 

John also touched on the Intel Model for Educational Transformation - but I’ll come back to that in a later post.

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During the presentation I also learnt that Intel was inside most of the worlds data centres (over 95% of data centres to be precise) and that they see the smart object/ wearable device market as being very important to their continued growth.

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Aquila: fast, light (& internet.org enabled)⤴

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Yesterday, I published a post about the internet.org project.

In the post I mentioned the proposed large solar-powered drones that are a key part of the project to distribute the Internet to remote areas via Laser. Although it sounds like a late April Fools Joke - the whole idea and concept is very true. As I also said yesterday, whether you agree with the project or not you just can't fault the original thinking and design that has gone into making this happen.

The drone (code named Aquila after the eagle in Greek mythology who carried Jupiter's thunderbolts) is a very impressive piece of engineering.

The V-shaped, carbon fibre prototype weighs between 880lbs. and 1,000lbs. It has a wingspan bigger than a Boeing 737 and is capable of flying at altitudes between 60,000 feet and 90,000 for three months at a time.

 

According to Mashable.com:

"The Aquila is just one part of Internet.org, the Facebook-backed organization that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched in 2013, aimed at bringing Internet connectivity to the remaining 10% of the world's population who lack access. The service partners with local telecomm companies and developers to offer a free, basic Internet experience with access to things like Facebook, Wikipedia and BBC News."

As I say, very impressive - and also further proof that Facebook is a lot more than we perhaps think it is as well as being led by a truly innovative, very human and forward thinking CEO.  

 

Internet.org: challenges and opportunities for Scottish Education?⤴

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I believe, projects like Internet.org will create a rapid increase global communication and with it global competition - but is the Scottish education system ready to accept the challenges and benefits that ambitions projects such as this will bring?

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Internet.org is an ambitious Facebook-led initiative bringing together technology leaders, non-profits and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn't have Internet access. This lack of access is due to a combination of factors such as devices being too expensive, service plans being too expensive, no mobile networks, content not available in the local languages, limited power sources, poor networks that are unable to support a large amount of data and local populations unsure of the value that the Internet could bring.

 

The Internet.org project has been met with some resistance.

Interestingly the main resistance seems to be from people who already have access to the Internet (including all the benefits it brings) but are now keen to make a lot of money out of providing connectivity to others. Or, by groups of people who argue that it will create a two tear system of partial and full connectivity (which is bizarre when the alternative is full and no connectivity?).

Whether you agree with its principals or not you can’t help admire the sheer ambition of the project which includes providing connectivity my lasers through a series of solar powered high altitude gliders that have a wing span larger that a Boeing 747 but weight less than a car!

What I love about the project as well is how much societal progress we could make by increasing the potential of online global collaboration from 33% towards 100%. Of course, with an increase in potential collaboration on this level and with it an increase in global competition the UK will need to ‘up-its-game’ in terms of the digital skills and the innovation agenda within schools.internet.org

 

Lets hope someone in the Scottish Government Learning Directorate / Education Scotland has this as a standing item on their ‘Education Futures’ agenda. Projects like this that will rapidly up the levels of global competition (which is not a bad thing) will literally be here in no time.

The Innovators Mindset⤴

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I came across this post from September 2014 by George Couros (@gcouros) on the Innovators Mindset and it got me thinking that it could be a nice little model to use with students and staff at school.

In his post Couros lists eight characteristics that seem common in developing students (and teachers?) as innovators:

1. Empathetic - To create new and better ways of doing things, we need to first understand who we are creating them for. 

2. Problem Finders - All innovation starts from a question not an answer.

3. Risk-Takers – Many would argue that “best-practice” is the enemy of innovation.  To be truly innovative, you sometimes have to go off the beaten path. 

4. Networked – Innovation does not happen in isolation, as it is often ideas that are being shared amongst many that lead to new and better ideas being developed. 

5. Observant – A practice normal amongst those that would be considered “innovative” is that they constantly look around their world and create connections.

6. Creators – Innovation is a combination of ideas and hard work. 

7. Resilient – To simply try something and give up as soon as it fails never leads to innovation only a definitive end. 

8. Reflective – If we started again, what would we do differently?  What can we build upon? 

You can read the full narrative behind his thinking in the original post.

On Frank Crawfords (@frankcrawford) previous advice I think I would change ‘risk taking’ to ‘adventurous’ as I think people find it a more acceptable term - but then perhaps I’m just being picky? 

George up-dated is post in March 2015 with this great image by @SylviaDuckworth.

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Food for thought...

The teacher-genetic-code by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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Some time ago, I had an annual appraisal review meeting with my headteacher. Of course, I won’t blog the full details here, but I will share the following … Context: I am going to keep this blog very short and simple (*note to self), as what I say here will probably not apply to you … Okumaya devam et

#BookLooks and Mantras: The Ugly Truth by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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I am writing to offer an update, regarding what we have managed to achieve this term and what impact this is having on raising standards of teaching and learning. In early September 2013, I wrote here about why we were “placing #LearningWalks in Room 101“. I wrote about many other things too, but I aim … Continue reading »

Changing Education Paradigms⤴

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Animated version of part of last years  talk by Sir Ken Robinson whilst receiving Benjamin Franklin medal.

Challenging thoughts result from a view of this!

Thanks for the post  Alastair and also noticed this  up on Facebook. Great Link and popular too.