Lifelong learning, the constant acquisition of knowledge and skills, is seeing explosive interest today. As the internet becomes more ubiquitous and digital solutions extend learning beyond physical classrooms, the potential for lifelong learning has grown dramatically. In earlier years, brick-and-mortar continuing education classes, books for self-study, and apprenticeship programs represented the range of possibilities for learning beyond formal education.
If you’re looking for a Moodle- and Mahara-focused event in Australia this coming April 16th, the 2015 Moodle-Mahara Meetup may be your ticket. The event in 2015 is held in Adelaide at the University of South Australia‘s City West Campus. The event features fast presentations (20 minutes) in the morning with a few longer form (45 minute) presentations in the afternoon and plenty of time for networking with your peers. Keynote speakers have not yet been announced.
Shannon McClintock Miller will explore these changes in education and within the library while giving the participants a foundation to bring creative, collaborative, and new experiences and learning to your school community while connecting outside of the walls to the world.
"When you work in libraries, learning how to learn is a vital skill. Every new area that emerges means a new struggle to study, understand, experiment and eventually integrate the knowledge into myself.
Having been around the block on this roller coaster many times I can share with you some of the things I find useful for me when coming to gripes to a new area.“
Aaron Tay hits on such an important part of professional learning - keeping abreast of new areas. So often you can't wait for the definitive external professional learning event to come along, you need to put in the hard work reading, networking and researching for yourself - on top of all the other things you are doing.
Picture This! Teaching Language and Literacy through Literature: a focus on picture books.
Contemporary picture books occupy a central position in the literary and learning experiences in primary school classrooms and are a key resource for teaching students of all ages about ourselves and our world. Quality picture books provide many opportunities for debate, discussion and critical engagement.
This conference will highlight the important place that picture books hold in all areas of the curriculum in supporting students to develop skills in language, literacy and content knowledge.
Presenters include leading academics, authors and experienced classroom teachers sharing their great ideas for teaching with picture books.
Until last Wednesday, US-based learning platforms have led the development of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Together, those platforms, including Coursera, edX, and Udacity, serve an estimated 3 million learners worldwide with courses from a number of elite partner institutions, such as Harvard and MIT.
But now, in the same week in which edX announced a partnership with Google for the development of a new, open-source online learning system, the UK has launched its own – and its first-ever – MOOC platform: FutureLearn.
All too often, training programs are developed just for training’s sake, just to check the training box. There must be a clear business objective that a training program is attempting to solve. If the business need isn’t there, the program shouldn’t be either.
In his paper, "Is School Reform Working?", Professor Geoff Masters explores whether or not the policy settings for Australian schools are on track to ensure future improvements in that country's decade-long decline in the PISA test.
An excellent paper to work through as a professional/school learning community.
I’m convinced that offering online courses led and constructed “by teachers, for teachers” will improve outcomes for all students.The Blueprint for Personalized Learning in Delaware includes stats on why the need for personalized learning is real,...
“Australian Teacher Magazine August InBrief: Professional learning snippets from around the country Australian Teacher Magazine MELBOURNE - The faculty heads and year level program leaders at Northcote High School have been undertaking a...”
August issue of Australian Teacher Magazine includes results from their showing 67% of respondents were members of teacher professional associations.
“How To Be More Interesting When Meeting New People Lifehacker Australia You might think that being interesting is an innate talent, or that it means you have to be the “life of the party.” Neither of those things are necessarily true.”
Tips for getting the most out of situations involving meeting new people apply equally to successful networking at professional learning activities
Sydney Morning Herald NSW teachers $2000 out of pocket on school resources Sydney Morning Herald Other expenses were incurred for accompanying students on excursions and camps, with some spending up to $3000, and keeping up with professional...
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