Learning Without Frontiers #lwf12
I spent two days this week at learning without frontiers . At some points of conference we made it out to the frontiers but there was also a fair number of old ideas being recycled. I loved the igloos but did think conference was not as good as previous years. Day Two was best day for me.
- Stephen Heppell was as his best as a reliable anchor. He really should get a lot more attention paid to his grounded ideas for moving education forward. It was great to hear him on day two . It helped for me at least to bring lots of ideas had picked up back into a real world context.
- I thought Noam needed to be challenged - but that is really the problem with deities - he offered some very clever questions but not really solutions - the lot of the über academic .This was a very clever way to open conference but I don't think he really has answers that learners today need never mind future of learning.
- Rest of morning of day one for me at any rate was too much thigh slapping empty rhetoric. Though I'd still like Ray Kurzweil's slide deck.Jaron Lanier and Debbie Forster were hard going for me at least.Ellen MacArthur would have been brilliant but I've seen presentation before and I used this slot for some external meetings .After lunch Charlie Leadbetter gave us standard fayre biggest disappointment was perhaps Ed Vaizey - with Digital Britain agenda surely great moment to talk about life long learning and challenges that can be tackled that will lead to greater economic prosperity - thought he set his sites too low.
- Ended Day One in one of the marvellous igloos discussing educational Armageddon with lots of old friends and some new ones - if anything highlighted ongoing lack of consensus about what education is for - especially in England as everything seems fractured. It seems like politically engineered Armageddon in England . I'd love an igloo for my back garden would be great for parties !This is worth a read from @dajbelshaw
- Day two started is much more grounded way - David Puttnam does have a vision and Mitchel Resnick has done some great work at MIT Media Lab . I know lots of schools in Scotland are using Scratch to teach computer programming
- Really enjoyed Mozilla Foundation input and moving something on with them
- @nerdsrocket here are some links: http://openbadges.org/ g/ http://hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2011/09/16/why-badges-why-not …bl http://dmlcentral.net/blog/doug-belshaw/badges-lifelong-learning-reframing-debate …011/09/16/why-badges-why-not, http://dmlcentral.net/blog/doug-belshaw/badges-lifelong-learning-reframing-debate...
- Some other links and ideas I am going back to look at -
- RT @oliverquinlan: Digital Technology and the Brain: A Guide for the Online Family http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/digital-technology-and-the-brain-a-guide-for-the-online-family/18705197 …prlwf12/paperback/digital-technology-and-the-brain-a-guide-for-the-online-family/18705197 #lwf12
- There are loads more of reviews appearing
- Schmooze did not really do it for me