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Some of you know that I’m currently the Chair of the Board of Management of an organisation called NAACE. NAACE is a national association whose members are those ‘…promoting learning with technology in a connected world’. Amongst other things, we have an award called The 3rd Millennium Learning Award, the aim of which is to enable schools to demonstrate how they are providing an education fit for the 21st Century. In the first instance, these schools produce a video with an intended audience of parents and the community that ‘…captures the essence of how the school has adopted new approaches to learning’. Videos can be found here: I urge you to watch a few, if only because they will inevitably paste a smile across your face (although they will also undoubtedly inspire you).

Recently, I was lucky enough to spend a day at the NAACE head office attending a meeting of 3rd Millennium Learning Guides (those members who are responsible for reviewing and assessing the submissions). One of the activities undertaken was a round-table ‘what are you seeing when you get into schools?’ activity. I have taken the liberty of summarising some of the comments* because I think they’re worthy of a wider audience. So, by way of an analogue Storify:
“I’m seeing some secondary schools who are beginning to feel they are being left behind.”
“Technology is raising the visibility of children’s learning.”
“I’ve seen a lovely example of Google Docs being used by a teacher to provide ‘mid-work’ marking.”
“Digital leaders working as ‘Subject’ leads, so they advocate for technology-enhanced learning with heads of department and promote the use of technology in given subjects.”
“OFSTED picking up on digital leadership (pupils leading learning).”
“I’m still seeing the same old mistakes made such as poorly-sited, unreachable IWBs.”
“In my experience, special schools always make the best use of technology.”
“Schools are waking up to transferable practice: ‘What would that look like at KS3?'”
“Schools working with others more, seeing what others are doing.”
“More inclusive practice, technology to facilitate performance (eg ipad band).”
“Investment based upon resources that will inspire children.”
“Embrace and encourage enterprise and the sharing of learning.”
“The development of technologies being used as Assessment for Learning tools – ‘assessment at your fingertips’.”
“Children created their own multi-media anti-bullying ebook, ‘Being a good friend’.”
“Impact can sometimes get lost amongst the ‘wow’.”
“I see real engagement, kids understanding the learning process and how technology enhances it. Kids and teachers actually.”
“The 3rd Millennium Learning tool gives them the vocabulary and signposts where to go next.”
“I encountered a 14 year old special school student with profound communication issues. Technology gave her the power to be a teenager.”
“Why did Barack Obama visit Mountpleasant School? They tweeted him.”
“A big investment in infrastructure ensures reliability and stops the (‘it doesn’t work’) excuses.”
“There has been a turning point in many of the schools I’ve been in.”
“See the ESTYN inspection report for Barry Island, references to digital learning throughout.”
“Technology has revolutionised the idea of publishing and audience.”
“I’ve seen technology raise aspirations.”
“Technology helps children take control of their own learning.”
“I saw a lovely example of an EYFS teacher using Twitter to engage parents.”
“It is not the ‘what’, but the ‘how and the why’.”
There was also one example cited that made my heart sink (not given as an example of great practice, but as where the same mistakes continue to be made). The example was of a school creating an ‘immersive’ learning space, presumably at great expense. Nothing especially wrong in that but we must remember to immerse children in learning, not in technology. I was put in mind of the wall of plasma screens I once saw back in BSF days… Sigh

Roger Broadie, whose brainchild is the award put it nicely when he said: “3rd Millennium Learning is about learning behaviours, not facts, facts, facts!”

So what’s going on for you? Do any of these soundbites resonate with you? top 10 gambling sites

If you would like to know more about NAACE and might want to become a member, please visit the website or feel free to get in touch with me. In fact, why not go for the award yourselves?

*I have not attributed these ‘quotes’ as they are not verbatim and I wouldn’t want to misrepresent anyone. the best online casino for mac usa

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