Highlights of Reform Symposium (part two)
Featuring Steve wheeler on the future of education.
Today I’m excited about reviewing Steve Wheeler’s mini-com presentation for The Reform Symposium 2014.
Why is this important?
The work behind the Reform Symposium Free online Conference featuring 60+ presentations, two plenaries, ten keynotes, student presenters, and much more is staggering to say the least. We want people to fully appreciate the significance of this commitment and of the exceptional opportunity we offer you regarding free professional development online. There is so much cyber noise and distraction online that people can miss or fail to realise what’s really going on. This is my way of sharing brief chunks of Edutainment and inspiration as a build-up to inspirational events that will make you feel part of something bigger than yourself and remind you of why you are proud to be a teacher.
Here is some background information on Steve and the link to his blog.
Images created by Steve Wheeler or shared on his powerpoint.
Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University, in South West England. Originally trained as a psychologist, he has spent his entire career working in media, technology and learning, predominantly in nurse education (NHS 1981-1995) and teacher education (1976-1981 and 1995-present). He is now in the Plymouth Institute of Education, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
I’m very interested in the fact that he’s a trained psychologist, as I’m passionate about the psychology of teaching and learning.
The future of education is unpredictable.
The presentation visuals are beautiful and tell us so much.
Steve talks about what happens in an internet minute with another beautiful image.
He goes on to rapidly depict a changing world through artistically chosen visuals that compare and contrast the old and the new.
There is so much depth, art and insight in his use of imagery. I don’t see such educational substance in visual imagery everyday. I can see and feel so much behind each image he’s chosen.
Technology does not change instruction, pedagogy has to change instruction, pedagogy has to change for us.
Steve goes on to discuss the both the significance of connectivity and students creating their own content, and in contrast, the impact of the digital divide and the exclusion of so many from this technological revolution.
Curiosity versus regimentation
It’s very important to note that he highlights the problem of regimentation in schools knocking the curiosity out of children. This sums up my attitude to education. Anything to bring back the fun and creativity to education will help the mind to develop, intellectually, socially and emotionally.
So ends my little snapshot of Steve Wheeler’s presentation.