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.
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.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 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)
Brad will share a multitude of ways to utilise the latest technology, in an educational context, to benefit learners.
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.