uLearn Day Two: Keynote Abdul Chohan

Abdul Chohan - Bolton UK
Chemistry trained teacher - leadership

Abdul began his talk with the challenge of the laptop trolley - some devices not working, some won’t connect, “I’ve forgot my password” and how this transformed into his school the Olive Tree. The challenge made him think outside the box - What can money buy me? - ipod touch a new tool 2008, I could buy 180 of these…. A sign from above!

He developed his teaching and overcame barriers and blocks to using them successfully. He learnt about the difference between mobility and portability - laptops vs. ipads. The most amazing thing for his learners - “It works when you switch it on!”

Abdul then went on to talk about 'The Plumbing' - how to get technology to be transformational in terms of learning and teaching. And what does the plumbing look like in my school?
  • Induction programme
  • Teachers trained on twitter
  • Teachers posting amazing things they are doing in the classroom
  • Believe you can

He believes that Belief is the thing that changes behaviour. Things need to be made simple and reliable - it is hard to make something complex simple but it is worthwhile doing. He also believes that the highest cost in education is these words - "we’ve always done it that way"

We are in The Age of Change - Bill Rankin


Apps like uber, alibaba, wikipedia - they don’t sell product, they sell a service and this has changed our beliefs - we have new knowledge and new experiences. This related to how we have the responsibility to look beyond the curriculum.
IQ or DQ - teaching self regulation online and cybersmarts is important. We need to understand what this means.

Link to education - if we are going to put technology into classrooms - what is our return? What are we going to get out of this? What is the impact of technology in education?
19th Century Surgery vs. 21st century surgery - allows surgeons to do things that they couldn’t do before? Death by powerpoint is not something we should be teaching! Looking at environment - we are translating not transforming!

Fundamentals of education - what makes good teaching and learning?
Activity
Authenticity
Investment
Motivation
Technology

SAMR

Design activities that encourage students to think deeply. Cognitive demand is higher.
Sharing takes it further.

Building transparency and consistency.
Non - negotiables
Develop the people
Relationships

Rewindable learning  

Arrange for feedback - app called show me or something similar

The wrong question - which is the best app for… the best app is the teacher in the classroom.

Session every week - what is one best thing you have done?
One best failure - what did you try and it did not work?

Using ibooks to be creating multimodes for students - free books from the olive tree

Measure the impact - how do you know that it has made a difference?

We need to be looking and transforming the ways we do things. "Opportunity is high - we are at a point where we need to understanding the global picture!"




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