January 2013 Blog Posts (11)

Creative and Critical thinking: Creating space for innovation

Ewan McIntosh's session on Monday was so inspirational we rocked up 45 minutes early to ensure we have a seat for his second session today. The room is completely packed with people sitting on every available floor space, propping up the room at the back and around the sides, and standing outside the double doors craning their necks to see in. The place is a sea of mobile devices, and the…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 25, 2013 at 12:35 — No Comments

Think before it's too late (Edward de Bono)

It is really different to convince people that thinking is important. Thinking needs to be practical rather than political, and focussed on 'what's next' rather than what has been. According to Edward de Bono (keynote at the final day of ICOT 2013), "world thinking cannot solve world problems because world thinking is itself the problem. And this is only getting worse" (…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 25, 2013 at 9:52 — No Comments

Teacher's metacognition

Alejarndra Martinez is a psychologist has been working with teachers, initially in rural Chile. She is interested in how teachers view themselves as learners. Currently working on her PhD at the University of Melbourne  Alejandra has been working in professional learning teams, to investigate links between courses and students' outcomes.

One of the focus was to move thinking about…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 25, 2013 at 9:09 — No Comments

The life of PII (Public Interest Index) – Harnessing the Tiger (Government)

Mai Chen, the keynote for day 3 of the ICOT conference, is an energetic, provocative professional, who, again, I have seen only on video previously.

Today she is speaking about thinking keeps you ahead of the wave, which includes

  • Nobel prize winner thinking
  • The power of being discriminated against
  • Throwing a rock at a tiger
  • Changing…

Added by Hazel Owen on January 24, 2013 at 10:06 — 1 Comment

Human architecture of the brain and cognitive load theory - so what?

Another person who I have watched (on video) is Lane Clark, (and talked about her work for e.g. What is real learning?) so I am really looking forward to her session.

Interesting that Lane had music playing,…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 24, 2013 at 10:03 — No Comments

One thought to rule them all: The most powerful force in the world

This was the keynote presentation on day 4 of ICOT.  Kerry Spackman, opened by saying that you can work really hard but if nothing changes you are wasting your time. And making a small difference, even if you don't know about it is more important than winning a gold medal. What…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 24, 2013 at 10:02 — No Comments

Radical Innovation for Learning (Simon Breakspear)

Simon Breakspear opened by saying that "that there is something about learning that is deeply personal". The challenges we face are worthy of our brightest minds and leadership. It has to be radical change, with a global perspective, that will enable us to explore the pressures and opportunities for systemic innovation in education systems in order to provide…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 24, 2013 at 9:08 — No Comments

Performance inquiry: A paradigm shift from performance management and appraisal

Mary Wilson opened by asking for help and giving insights into performance. The seating in the room was set out for discussions, and Mary said that she would be inviting us to share and 'make meaning'.

The project that Mary was involved started by creating a really big dynamic, as a…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 22, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Alternative approaches to the standard conference 'lecture'? Please?

I am in a session, and I have decided to change the name of the presenter and not mention the title (but this person is an invited speaker). I read the overview of the session beforehand and was hooked. I turned up early to the session to make sure I had a seat. The presenter kicked off by introducing himself and then setting the scene for the session. Then, he took a seat, said that…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 22, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

The Problem Finders: Design Thinking for Genuine Epic-Scale Problem-Based Learning (Ewan McIntosh)

I have seen and heard Ewan McIntosh speaking on many occasions, but all on videos or podcasts, so I am really looking forward to seeing him live in this keynote session. The description of the session reads:Project-based learning… Continue

Added by Hazel Owen on January 22, 2013 at 10:18 — 1 Comment

You are invited to take the 10 tools challenge in 2013.

Here is something you and your team can be involved in in 2013, some fun learning. Jane Hart from Learning in the Social Workplace has a list of 100 social learning tools to choose from. See below for details. It would be great if you would share your learning experiences by cross posting a blog post to our Teaching and Learning Community.

Take the 10 Tools Challenge…

the idea!


Added by Diana Ayling on January 15, 2013 at 10:55 — No Comments

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