Category Archives: Systemic Improvement
Sir Ken was pushed into the global educational spotlight over a decade ago with his sharing via a TED talk regarding schools killing creativity and follow up talks such as Changing education paradigms, and Bring on the learning revolution. He’s also traveled the world even visiting Alberta a number of times to heighten our awareness that the traditional way of teaching and learning must change.
The video below is part of an introduction to the work Sir Ken is participating in with the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC). This is a global group of educational systems that want to advance values such as equity, excellence, wellbeing, inclusion, democracy and human rights for all students within high-quality professionally-run systems. What rings true for me is that the educational community cannot rest at ease in the work to move the learning and teaching processes forward. No longer should it be acceptable for systems to just look at OUTPUT but look towards SUSTAINABILITY while equipping teachers and students to handle the current and future global challenges and changes. It is also important to note that Sir Ken says it takes more than just one group to make this move, it takes many.
This is such a powerful and emotion story! Grab some tissues, sit down for 17 minutes and take time to watch this video. As you do so, think about:
- How can we design learning opportunities for students to experience a variety of different technologies so that they can communicate, create, and connect?
- What does independence mean to you?
- What is your definition of an Inclusive Classroom? How can you create one? Who can support you along this journey?
At the end of May, I had an opportunity to spend 1.5 days with some pretty ‘smart’ people regarding how emerging technologies can hold both a promise and a peril for individuals, families and communities. The evening lecture and the day long Invitational Research Colloquium on Growing Up Digital in Alberta: Children, Youth and Society shared some amazing findings. (I will make my best attempt at summarizing what these incredible experts shared.)
The evening was an overview and open to the public while the colloquium was invitational and hosted a variety of professionals and diverse groups from across the province. A few goals to think about as you delve further into this subject:
- To consider the extent to which technologies are (re) shaping the minds and bodies of children and youth
- To explore the neuroscience and psychology of digital distraction(s)
- To identify the issues, perspectives and contentions emerging from current Canadian and American research
- To discuss the 2015 findings of the Harvard University, Alberta Teachers’ Association and University of Alberta longitudinal study on Growing Up Digital (GUD) in Alberta
- To generate key questions to guide policy decisions and future research on emerging technologies, learning, teaching and the well-being of children and youth
Our expert speakers were:
Larry Rosen is a research psychologist with specialties in multitasking, social networking, generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development, and educational psychology, and is recognized as an international expert in the “Psychology of Technology.”
Michael Rich came to medicine after a 12-year career as a filmmaker. His current areas of health research and clinical work combine his experience and expertise in medicine and media, making him the world’s first “mediatrician.”
Here is a visual and audio (I created) summary of Larry and Michael’s presentations. While watching and listening, think about:
How does this information challenge or affirm current practices and policies?
What key research areas or essential questions require further exploration?
Yet there is more. Watch the following THREE videos that continue this conversation and research on this topic.
The Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) has published a Calendar and Health Planner for the past five years. What I like about it is all the information that is packed inside. The challenges and ideas motivate me to try something new or share some of the resources with colleagues. Tips include nutrition, physical health, mental health to name a few. In November there is a fantastic Holiday Season Challenge (see weekly challenges in the image below).
There’s also a website – The Wellness Sandbox which promotes employee wellness that has some information and resources.