Wellington Loop Group 3

1. What key issues emerge from Helen Baxter's address?
It is the way that we think and the attitude we have that is preventing us from moving forwards. Eg. being at work and the attitude of society about this.
Control vs collaboration, we need to start turning our thinking from accountability on the job to accountability about the products.
Digital storytelling professional development relies on staff/employees having access to the technologies.
Not mentioned were issues of cybersafety, especially where school children are concerned.

2. What ideas do you feel "challenged" by ? Why
Cybersafety is an issue. Words can be mis-tagged as dangerous.
Censorship
We have closed a lot of our avenues for learning, sometimes in our efforts to be safe.
How can you get the work out of kids and get them to contribute.
A high trust model, for initiative, trust, skills etc.

How do we change our environments - work structures, timetabling,physical classroom structures, interdisciplinary.
Reference worth looking at: Online book about Learning spaces, Educoause website - ebook "Learning Spaces" edited by Diana Oblinger (http://www.educause.edu)
Laptops can cause more problems for staff than the students.
The one laptop per child laptops are mirrored to a server

3. What ideas do you feel "excited" by? Why?

4. Do Helen Baxter’s views match with your own experiences? Why? Why not?
We are still creating closed environments. It is more than just the kids, should we have these nice safe environments for adults? Is there a certain amount of patch protection because you are also made so accountable. Vested interests. Can we move more to a team model. Sometimes it can be the institution not having the vision of how to move forward. Staff think that they own the content, but it is available everywhere. The concept of possibly giving content away means giving away something that staff think they own. What is critical now in not the content, but it is what we do with it.
We need to get away from some of our current concepts of ownership. The reasons are understandable though as many teachers put in huge amounts of their own time to develop resources.
Resourcing the moodles etc. is a problem, but this can be alleviated with school and tertiary collaboration. Problems can still occur between the SMS and the LMS.
The proprietary systems know they are on a road to extinction. Open source, eg. OpenOffice.org make it more about what we do with the tool than the tool itself.

4. Does the address confirm existing good practice in your school? How?
5. Does the address challenge existing practice in your school? Why?

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?
What do the schools want?
Ideas to take back is this vision of a renaissance. Maybe we are on the cusp of another major leap forward, a key moment in history. You need commitment to change.
Renaissance is happening in all aspects of our lives.
Kevin Roberts of Sachi and Sachi - we don't below to countries anymore. Are we educating or students for who they are? Cultural relativism, should we be looking at more absolutes?

9.Other thoughts and Issues that emerge in group discussion