Innovating education to educate innovators
(Learning for success/Te ako kia angitu)
Can we teach innovation? Innovation requires whole-brain thinking — right-brain thinking for creativity and imagination, and left-brain thinking for planning and execution. Our current approach to education in science and technology largely focuses on the transfer of information, developing mostly right-brain thinking by stressing the reproduction of existing ideas rather than generating new ones. I will show how shifting the focus from delivering information to team work and creative thinking greatly improves the learning that takes place in the classroom and promotes independent thinking.
Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University. An internationally recognised scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research programme in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University. Eric founded several companies and plays an active role in industry.
In addition to his work in optical physics, Eric is very active in education. In 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction, a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. He is the author of Peer Instruction: A User's Manual (Prentice Hall, 1997), a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively. In 2006 he helped produce the award-winning DVD Interactive Teaching. Eric's teaching method has developed a large international following, and has been adopted across many disciplines.
In 2011 he founded Learning Catalytics, a company that uses data analytics to improve learning in the classroom. In 2013 the company was acquired by Pearson. Eric is Chief Academic Advisor for Turning Technologies and serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel for Allied Minds, a pre-seed investment company creating partnerships with key universities to fund corporate spin-outs in early stage technology companies.
Eric has numerous Honorary Doctorates and Honorary Professorships. He is the inaugural recipient of the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education and he serves as consultant in the electronics and telecommunications industries.
Eric is author or co-author of 315 scientific publications, 36 patents, and several books, including the Principles and Practice of Physics (Pearson, 2014), a book that presents a groundbreaking new approach to teaching introductory calculus-based physics.
Colouring in the white spaces: Cultural identity and community in whitestream schools
(Learning in communities/Te ako ā-hapori)
Dr Milne’s presentation asks us to think about what community and collaboration look like for the learners our system marginalises and minoritises. When we talk about educational success “as Māori”, what does this actually mean and how do our institutionalised practices and solutions actually work against this goal? In the pressure we face to collaborate, who is our community and how does our practice reflect their reality?
Ann describes Kia Aroha College’s practice to support academic and cultural learning to develop “Warrior-Scholars” through a Critical Pedagogy of Whānau. She will challenge us to find and reflect on the white spaces in our own thinking and practice, and to actively work towards changing them.
Dr Ann Milne is the former principal of Kia Aroha College, a special-character, bilingual, secondary school in Otara, South Auckland.
As a Pākehā educator, Ann is a strong critic of pervasive, deficit-driven explanations of “achievement gaps” and Māori and Pasifika “under-achievement". She led the Kia Aroha College community’s almost 30 year journey to resist and reject school environments which alienate Māori and Pasifika learners, to develop a critical, culturally responsive learning approach centred on students' identities "as Māori", "as Samoan," - as who they are first.
Her doctoral thesis describes school practice that is underpinned by the cultural knowledge and beliefs of its community, and which conscientises whānau to resist the status quo, to demand more, and to transform the educational experiences of our Māori and Pasifika learners.
Her book, Colouring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools, was published in 2016 by Peter Lang (New York). In 2015 Ann was the recipient of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation’s prestigious “Service with Distinction” Award, which recognises “outstanding service to education in New Zealand". Ann is also the recipient of several national research awards and scholarships.
Engaging the globally connected student of today: A look at emerging technology, gaming and digital citizenship
(Learning digitally/Te ako ā-matihiko)
What does it mean to be growing up in a “globally” connected world? Brad pushes us to look at the engaging factors students are faced with on a daily basis and how to leverage them in a learning context. We will explore emerging technologies; what is here and what is coming, the power of gaming, and why students are willing to spend hours online or connected, and the importance of digital citizenship in an ever shrinking world.
Brad Waid is an international speaker, educational futurist, emerging technology specialist and educator with over 15 years of classroom experience. He is an industry leader in Educational Technology, 21st Century Learning, Culture and Innovation and Augmented Reality.
Brad is an expert in applying technology into the educational field and is on the leading edge of emerging technologies and their impact on the education system. He is one of the co-founders of AR Detroit, a co-founder of Two Guys and Some iPads blog, the co-host of the wildly popular US TV "Two Guys Show", host of the new show “Appy Days with Techbradwaid”, and he has been honored by the United States National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in Educational Technology, a programme that identifies emerging education technology leaders who have the potential to impact the field for the next 20 years. He was also recently named as one of the top 100 industry influencers in Augmented Reality, as mentioned in a 2016 report where he came in as the #14 influencer in the world.
In addition, he works with many companies on how to integrate technology and educate their workforce, as well as provide direction on their educational strategy. Brad’s knowledge of educational technology and his passion to inspire educational change, makes him a highly sought after speaker who makes an impact wherever he goes.
Changing belief: Apple technology in the classroom
Abdul will discuss how the transformational redesign of learning with Apple technology has been essential for the success of every student and wider community. As an early adopter of technology in the classroom, Abdul will explore how teachers and students are independently discovering new ways of learning to ensure they are prepared for the future of tomorrow.
Abdul Chohan is a teacher of 17 years and a school leader based in the UK. He is known for his pioneering work on mobile based learning at Essa Academy, Bolton, UK. He has worked with a number of international educational organisations and devised learning strategies based on mobile technology platforms. His programmes focus on the idea of changing belief through ‘Simplicity and Reliability’ and have extended beyond the traditional school environment to impact families and the the wider communities that the schools serve.
He is currently the Director of Development for the Essa Foundation Academies Trust. He is also the Director of ThinkSimple Ltd, a thought leadership organisation that provides leadership and implementation support to schools and Ministries of Education. Abdul has also co-founded the very successful ‘Olive Tree Primary Free School’ in Bolton, UK that utilises the same mobile based learning approaches.
Through ThinkSimple Ltd, Abdul provides strategy for leadership teams across the globe that ensures successful family-based learning technology programmes. The organisation has led the way in its development of 1:1 programmes with iPad and AppleTVs as a learning solution that streamlines productivity in a educational setting, and ensures that 21st century learning resources are accessible anywhere.
He endorses equipping staff and students with devices that allow for a range of benefits, from cost efficiencies to expanding resource access. It also encourages a radical change in thinking about working spaces: moving away from traditional offices or classrooms to creating more fluid areas that maximise the capabilities of technology and minimising the need for fixed location working.
Abdul has engaged in workshops and thought leadership conversations with Ministries of Education around the world, including India, Australia, Singapore and Iceland. He currently supports schools in Denmark, Sweden and India with the development of a clear mobile based learning strategies.