New pedagogies and feedback from a major teaching research project feature at EFF8
If you worry that the role of technology in learning is overhyped, Education Fast Forward is about to provide the antidote with world-renowned educator Michael Fullan putting learning firmly in perspective for its next debate – “New Pedagogies – is this the time?”.
An expert in improving learning and teaching systemwide, he will lead EFF8 (at 12pm GMT on November 21) with researcher Kristen Weatherby who will share fresh insights from the new Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The debate is streamed online at Promethean Planet and extended on to social networks (Twitter and Facebook).
The “New Pedagogies – is this the time?” debate will be conducted by educators situated across the globe in Cisco's studios linked by its TelePresence network, and is streamed across the internet via www.prometheanplanet.com/EFF for anyone wanting to have their say on social networks.
EFF is run by Promethean with support from Cisco. It's a global partnership between educators and industry to support policy changes that can release the potential of technology to help and accelerate system change in education. The focus of EFF8 on pedagogy and teacher research is part of the build-up to EFF9 which will be held at the Education World Forum in Westminster in January 2014. The previous forum was attended by education ministers from more than 50 countries, making it the perfect place for influential discussions on policy change (see "When less really has to mean more - EFF7").
Theories backed by successful practice
Michael Fullan has published extensively on education reform and has been part of the changes which brought substantial improvements to teaching and learning in his home state, Ontario. His theories are backed up by successful practice. He advises governments across the world and in recent years has made important contributions to work defining the role of technology in reform – in the classroom and beyond. In fact his work was a source of inspiration to Promethean’s education officer Jim Wynn when he was a headteacher: “His second book, The New Meaning of Educational Change, was my Bible as a head.”
Jim Wynn points out that the EFF programme is a continuum rather than a series of one-off debates. Its current aim is to support the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (they range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and include universal primary education for all) which have to be delivered by 2015. And it also supports the new OECD PISA tests which will attempt to assess deeper learning and problem-solving skills. These themes will be further explored at the Education World Forum. “In 2014 we will be asking education leaders, ‘Are your policies ready for 2015?’
"We are building on EFF7 where we looked at the tension between access to education and quality, and EFF8 moves us on to examining the tension between new pedagogies and the realities of where teachers actually are in their everyday practice. The January debate will explore the relationships between the learning that happens in and out of school. We know that you need access and quality, you need new pedagogies and you have to help teachers move from where they are, and you have to marry what happens in schools with what happens out of schools. It's a three-stage process to share with ministers on January 20."
Michael Fullan will be sharing insights from an acclaimed recent work, "New Pedagogies for Deep Learning", which he produced with Maria Langworthy. It's a response to "The crisis – and there is no other word for it – in public schooling." You get a sense of what to expect at EFF8 from this quote from the publication: "...We are seeing exciting new learning modes emerging from the interaction of pedagogy and technology. Education under these terms needs to be radically rethought – partly to stop the boredom, but mostly to blow the lid off learning, whereby students and teachers as partners become captivated by education day in and day out."
TALIS researching teacher's conditions across 33 countries
What shape are teachers in to deal with the rapid rate of change being visited upon them? Well Kristen Weatherby will have some interesting feedback to share from one of the largest research projects for teaching and learning, the OECD's Teaching and Learning International Survey, 2013, known by its acronym, TALIS.This project is examining teacher working conditions and learning environments in 33 countries.
Partners in Learning programme. A former teacher, she is now based in Paris where she is a senior policy analyst with the OECD.Although the report has not been published yet, there is certain to be feedback from Kristen Weatherby who is well known in the UK for her work developing the innovative teacher network created by Microsoft’s influential
Introducing the speakers at EFF8 will be former minister for education for Zimbabwe. David Coltart, who has played a part in previous debates, and the moderator will be independent education consultant Gavin Dykes.
While the EFF debates open with guest presenters and educators in studios worldwide, connected by Cisco's TelePresence technology, internet streaming shares the discussion with any learners and teachers with an internet connection. Everyone can contribute comments and questions and widen the discussion via social media, which are playing a key role in the success of EFF.
"With its own Facebook page and a Twitter ID (@effdebate), Education Fast Forward is supported by a growing community of online participants and contributors," says Tony Parkin, who orchestrates the live Twitter activity. "With each EFF debate the activity on Twitter increases, and during the period leading up to the debate we see hundreds of tweets spreading the word and raising issues. Each EFF debate has its own hashtag, and for this next debate #EFF8 is the one to follow, and we encourage all those participating to include #EFF8 in each and every tweet.
“During the live debate itself the tweeting skyrockets, and there is a volley of comments and questions aimed at the EFF participants. A team of us capture and retweet the best of these questions and comments via the #EFF8 tag, and the chair will feed them back to those in the studio. This turns the debate from a broadcast model into a genuinely interactive experience, with real-time input from educators and learners from all round the world.
“Many of the EFF Fellows will also comment directly on points in the ‘tweetstream’, so there is an active backchannel and global debate occurring on Twitter that adds real value to the online videostream. And everyone is welcome and can participate - though we particularly value those challenging questions from students from around the world that can often cast a whole new perspective on the issues under discussion."
EFF8 will share the most up-to-date and relevant information and advice on changing education, from two world-class sources, and they will be joined by EFF's own Fellows and invited guests for a full debate on The “New Pedagogies – is this the time?”. Don't forget, all are welcome online where you can have your say via social media.
Michael Fullan is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Recognised as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers and local leaders around the world in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. From 2004-2013 Michael Fullan served as Special Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario. He received the Order of Canada in December 2012 and holds honorary doctorates from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Newman University College, University of Leicester; and Nipissing University in Canada.
Michael Fullan is a prolific, award-winning author whose books have been published in many languages. His book Leading in a Culture of Change was awarded the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council), Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geoff Scott) won the Bellwether Book Award in 2009, and Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves) was awarded the 2009 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward. His latest books are The Principal: Maximizing Impact (in press), Motion Leadership in Action (2013), Stratosphere: Integrating Technology, Pedagogy, and Change Knowledge (2013), and Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School (with Andy Hargreaves) (2012).
Kristen Weatherby is senior policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. She manages the first and largest international survey of teachers, the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS). TALIS 2013, underway now, looks at the teacher working conditions and learning environments in 33 countries. Kristen started her career as a teacher of 12-14 year olds in the United States before moving to Microsoft, where she managed components of their worldwide education initiative Partners in Learning. Kristen then moved to the United Kingdom to manage Microsoft’s education programmes, working with government, teachers and schools in England, Scotland and Wales to help integrate ICT into teaching and learning.
She has a Masters degree in Education from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a PhD from the University of London’s Institute of Education.
David Coltart is a Zimbabwean lawyer, Christian leader and politician. He was a founding member of the Movement for Democratic Change when it was established in 1999 and its founding Secretary for Legal Affairs. He was the Member of Parliament for Bulawayo South in the House of Assembly from 2000 to 2008, and he was elected to the Senate in 2008. He is presently the Legal Secretary for the formation of the Movement for Democratic Change led by Welshman Ncube. He was the Minister for Education, Sport, Arts and Culture from February 2009 until August 2013.
EFF fellow Gavin Dykes, independent education consultant, Cellcove.