Week 6 Prep

The Essence of Connected Learning

  • No longer a promised future for our kids.
  • If people don’t learn how to learn, how to engage, how to be flexible and adaptive, find communities and have ideas about things they want to do now, then we are in trouble.
  • Everyone has to be educated to be creative and think about things.
  • Our institutions have to some degree failed us and our children.
  • Find a way for our learning institutions to become ecologies of excitement, engagement and intrigue.
  • Educational system is starting with the wrong questions, it starts with outcomes, what do we want kids to learn, whats the goals, whats the content. As long as we are reaching those educational standards.
  • The questions should be about engagement. When student is engaged, they will learn.
  • Student learning is decontextualised, broken down into small pockets of facts due to being focussed on the outcomes.
  • Responsibility for the learning of the young people needs to be taken out from schools and spread across all places they interact – online, home, church, coffee shop … Might we each have a part to play?
  • It’s not about finding the information anymore, it’s about finding the person that will mentor them and ignite their passion for learning.
  • Might the digital age hold the goal of bringing us closer together?
  • The challenge is how to ‘teach’ all these students. One size does not fit all.
  • Anybody can help somebody get better at something.

A Guide to Assessment LEADERSHIP 1

Task: Watch the video ‘A Guide to Assessment LEADERSHIP 1’, then read through the Leadership Assessment 1 rubric.

Requirement: Evaluate a past change initiative and my own role within it with reference to my chosen leadership theories.

  • A change initiative is different from business as usual, a process of ‘thawing, changing and refreezing’. Change requires leadership.
  • Must relate to digital and/or collaborative learning.
  • What role/s did I have that enabled me to influence the process/outcome. It doesn’t have to be a formal role. Followership is equally importent.
  • Leadership theories – Choose theories that you applied (or saw others apply) during the initiative, what were they? Why were they chosen? What were their successes and failures? Why? It doesn’t have to have been a success, failure is just as important in learning and applying leadership.
  • Styles, attributes and evidence – Provide evidence where possible (interview class, team members who were involved) – provide other perspectives


  • What change initiatives have I been involved in?
  • What role/s did I have?
  • What were the leadership theories I used?
  • What am I going to use as evidence?


  • Use of Google Sites as a flipped classroom.
  • Use of Google Sites as digital portfolio.
  • Moving from a mainstream classroom to a specialist one.
  • Setting up a triage system for computer issues, booking sheets for Surface Pros, and barcoding all the digital devices.
  • Moving schools.

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