Wellington Loop Group 2

1. What key issues emerge from Helen Baxter's address?
Scary to talk about short term contracts. This may motivate to keep learning in order to compete.
Collaboration vs competition - we now compete with all. Will collaboration be reduced?
Young people may feel they have to be the best but be concerned that they may not be able to reach this.
Competition is a part of life. Competition not viewed as positive in education (not PC). Competition is part of life.

2. What ideas do you feel "challenged" by ? Why
Should we feel anxious if we are not getting involeved in Web 2.0 applications?
Some sites e.g. BEBO are blocked in schools. Cellphones banned in many classes. Schools often don't technologies to our advantage.
How confident can we be of the validity of information in the virtual world and digital world?
Many students excluded from learning due to lacking the technology.
We talk about a technological future but still teach (at seminars like this) in quite a traditional way.
Socialisation varies between those that have (and have not) access to online technology at home.

3. What ideas do you feel "excited" by? Why?
Entertainment and learning are merging.
When you do work not important rather that you do a good job. This is the way that many people, including students now work. What are the implications for attendance at schools with this?
Students can learn when they want to learn.

4. Do Helen Baxter’s views match with your own experiences? Why? Why not?

4. Does the address confirm existing good practice in your school? How?
Some schools e.g. Unlimited are making big steps forward. High trust model. How do we move this model to a wider group of schools?
Many teachers and students now learning online throughout NZ, this changes the work/learning lifestyles.

5. Does the address challenge existing practice in your school? Why?
Need to focus on information literacy skills but this is stifled by curicullum.
The concept is great but what about the implementation.
Often exams are valued more highly by our community rather than other skills.
Students still want there to be a teacher in the class (and want the teacher to do the work) rather than use just electronic resources.
Fear of failure in students
The technology will change the teacher/student relationship. Technology takes some of the power of information control from teachers but teachers are still the learning experts in their area.
How to break down the subject silos?
Learning Management Systems help to make courses widly available.
Access to computers/terminals
Restrictions put in place by school networks are often able to circumvent. It is good for kids to realise that the teacher does not know everything.
Students have the time to go online and learn, often teachers do not.
Schools help to set up wider networks of students through their online learning environments.

6. How valid are the speaker’s stated truths and the claims made by the speaker? (Is the address substantiated by research or substantial experience?)

7. How might you use the ideas in this address?

8. Could this address contribute to any changes in your school? What and How?

9.Other thoughts and Issues that emerge in group discussion