ideasLAB Launches Two Publications at Showcase

ideasLAB recently launched two major publications at it’s first showcase at the Hume Global Learning Center on June 9th 2011. In attendance were ideasLAB’s partners and peers for an event which showcased the products, innovations and publications developed by the Lab over the past 2 years. These publications are all available here as free downloads.

“Big Ideas, Unlimited Possibilities & Agile Development:
The ideasLAB Contemporary Research and Development Model”

This publication details the agile development process that ideasLAB uses to tackle the Big Ideas around what ubiquitous access to technology makes possible for schools. This story serves as a template of best practice in implementing innovative and agile solutions that have the capacity to influence.  This publication also explores the products and innovations developed by ideasLAB including:

Pulse : A contemporary learning analytics tool which allows anyone to track, assess and make sense of what is happening in online communities and distributed learning networks.

The Transformation Index : Captures school leaders’ beliefs, attitudes, potential for and commitment to driving transformative teaching and learning in technology-rich environments.

Smart Speller: An add-on for MS Word which evolves spell checking to a personalised spelling builder.  The tool captures an individual child’s misspellings  and provides online tools and personalised pedagogical leverage through those insights.

Back Chatter: A tool allowing conference organisers to receive and moderate feedback to draw the best questions out of a large audience and enables everyone to contribute.

For more about these products click here

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“Virtual Pedagogies for Contemporary Teaching:
A Model for Collective Knowledge Construction”

Authored by ideasLAB’s Assistant Director, Richard Olsen, this white paper proposes a theoretical model that allows educators to better understand students use of technology in a technology-rich world  through four distinct strategies.
These strategies – Connecting, Communicating, Collaborating and Learning Collectively influence how we learn and the way we behave online.

For each strategy this white paper explores:
What are the distinguishing features of the strategy? What pedagogical approaches are suitable? What are the defining learning activities? What does the strategy challenge educators to rethink?

This white paper also encourage teachers, school leaders and other stakeholders to re-imagine the pedagogical, technical and contextual consequences that arise from teaching and learning in technology rich environments.

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Guests at the Showcase also received the Collective Knowledge Construction Scenario Game:

Collective Knowledge Construction Cards

This game is designed to encourage and provoke  both divergent and   convergent thinking around  collective knowledge construction. To read more about the game and the rules click here


Guests at the showcase also received a copy of the Right to Learn publication.

Right To Learn: Identifying Precedents for Sustainable Change

The Right to Learn was developed from ideas expressed at the first Big Ideas Global (B.I.G.) 1:1 Summit held June, 2010, in Maine, USA. Present at the Summit were policy makers and education policy advocates from almost a dozen countries.

Authored by ideasLAB Director and AALF President Bruce Dixon and Executive Director Susan Einhorn, the paper outlines a radically new view of education and learning that emphasizes the protection and defense of every child’s inherent right to learn. It asks whether our traditional system of education has reached the limits of its capacity to serve all learners and emphasizes the need for a shift in perspective, from a policy of delivery – delivering an education – to one that focuses on empowering young people to use their innate curiosity and drive to learn wherever and whenever they want.

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Read the Right To Learn Press release

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