August 28, 2017
After a little break due to illness, Dean and I are back with a great interview with Tom Barrett. Tom shares his journey from humble beginnings as a Primary teacher in the UK to becoming an education consultant running his own business, Dialogic Learning. Through Dialogic Learning, Tom helps schools get better through dialogue and deep thinking. In this episode, we discuss how we can create the conditions for great meaning through shared language and so many other great topics.
- Leadership: the need to broaden our definitions of what it means to lead and to not compromise on our beliefs.
- Tom shares his experience of writing a Masters of Education (Innovation and Change) course from scratch for Torrens University.
- How language and habits can enculture innovation, including the exploration of where our language around innovation comes from.
- How we need to redefine our relationship with failure
- Tom shares his experience working as the education consultant to two architectural studios in Sydney. This continues our ongoing discussion into the impact of learning spaces on learning in schools.
About Tom Barrett
Director of Dialogic Learning - http://dialogiclearning.com/
Lecturer and content developer for Torrens University Australia - http://www.torrens.edu.au/courses/education/master-of-education-innovation-and-change
May 21, 2017
In episode 8, Dean and I interview Mary-Lou O'Brien, the Chief Digital Officer for Melbourne Girls Grammar School. Mary-Lou is a Chief Digital Officer, a self-confessed Geek, Trend Watcher, Aussie eTail Pioneer, Entrepreneur, Intrapreneur, Global Explorer, Mother to two & forever a student! Mary-Lou challenges our BYOD perspective with Bring Your Own Technology. We discuss the journey from BYOD to BYOT, including the rationale behind allowing students full choice over the device they choose to use for their learning. Mary-Lou shares the story behind the MGGS Centre for Educational Enterprise. The Centre for Education Enterprise is provoking and leading conversations with globally minded educators by enhancing and supporting community and student enterprise. A true leader in the field of education technology, this conversation with Mary-Lou O'Brien won't disappoint.
Centre for Educational Enterprise - https://cee.mggs.vic.edu.au/
Yong Zhao: http://zhaolearning.com/
David Price: http://engagedlearning.co.uk/
April 30, 2017
In Episode 6, Dean and Steve are joined by a special guest, Charlotte Forwood from Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School. Charlotte Forwood (Ph.D.) is the Leader of Advanced Learning at Strathcona BGGS. Her role focuses on advancing the learning of all students and provides her with opportunities to engage with teachers and students across all year levels and subject areas. As a teacher/speech pathologist, she is particularly interested in helping students develop both their oral language and their ‘internalised’ vocabulary. She is fascinated by technology which allows students to collaborate, customise their learning and provide tangible evidence of progress. Charlotte loves tinkering with tech and developing her own tech skills. She is the co-coordinator of the Boroondara Gifted Network.
Topics covered in this episode include:
* Meeting your PLN face to face for the first time
* Being brave on Twitter and reaching out to experts to help your students
* Design thinking projects - Charlotte shares the great work her Year 8 girls did in partnership with Lufthansa airlines
* How boys and girls differ in their approach to design thinking
* #strathypln - The hashtag co-created by Charlotte, Karyn Murray (@karynmurray22), Michelle Newel (@michelnewel) and Tracey Herft (@therft1) to connect educators at her school to the world of Twitter
* Charlotte's Twitter handle - @talkinged19
* Hashtags to connect with Charlotte and her staff:
#imaginatezone #devlangdis #strathyPLN
iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/design-and-play-podcast/id1207005111?mt=2
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/designandplay
Stitcher radio - http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=49553590