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A few thoughts and ideas

The Implementation Dip

The Implementation Dip

In schools we are often working within a process that asks our teachers and students to change their practises and routines.

At my school we have now been working for a few weeks on a whole-of-school initiative of making Learning Goals (LGs) and Success Criteria (SC) as visible and consistent as possible in every lesson.

I have been aware of some of the initial enthusiasm being eroded as our teachers work to embed the routine of writing and addressing LGs and SC. Consequently, I have made sure that our students and my colleagues know that they are very likely to experience the dreaded ‘Implementation Dip’. This is a well-known phenomenon and happens in all environments where there are changes in routines and processes.

I have warned teachers that students may complain about having to record LGs and SC, that some of our colleague teachers may feel that the practice is not as effective or as worthwhile as when they started using the initiative. The only way forward in these cases is that we must maintain and build the rigour of the process.

The concept of the Implementation Dip is similar to that of the ‘Learning Pit’ in that if we are prepared, determined, expect to feel the challenge and/or frustration of passing through the dip, and maintain our effort, then we will emerge successfully from the other side.

Automation and Futures

Automation Futures

Automation and the use of algorithms within all areas of human activity are phenomena that will have increasing relevance for the majority of citizens in developed and developing regions of the world during the next few decades.

Policymakers, legislators, leaders and innovators will increasingly need to focus on coping with the demands that automation places upon all aspects of society, industry and the structures of finance and commerce. Our current understanding of the issues of employment and careers, education, training, and even what it means to be a worthwhile member of society, will be challenged and need to change due to the interacting developments and effects of capitalism, automation and continuing globalisation.

Leaders in government, business, industry, education and social services will need to change methods, structures and processes in increasingly innovative ways to remain effective and relevant.

Automation has already had significant effects in various parts of our society. These effects give, and will continue to give, wildly varying experiences depending on how, where, why, and in what ways automation has been adopted.

The_Future_The exact nature of the effects of automation will be different in various parts of the world, in different parts of each society and even in different areas of the same industry. As William Gibson is attributed to saying, “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed” (discussion of the quote attribution here).

The uneven advance of automation throughout the world will likely cause policy makers to spend a great deal of time debating the causes, effects, likely certainty and efficacy of rapid and accelerating technology development and application. This political and legislative delay will likely exacerbate the problems that automation will bring along with its benefits. Read More

A Critical Approach: Innovation and the Relationship Between Pedagogy and ICTs

What use paper?

I have recently been reading some good blog posts on the relationship between technology and pedagogy when considering mobile device implementation in the classroom. Eric Sheninger’s ‘Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future‘ is a sound account of some of the issues to consider when implementing mobile devices, or in fact any technology, within classrooms.

A few points I would make about innovation, particularly related to digital technology use:

Successful implementation of technology needs to be well planned at both the strategic and the operational levels. In many ways, the strategic and operational should, and will, inform each other. However, during the planning and re-planning cycle of development it is useful to consider strategy separately to the issues that are necessary to consider during operational programming. Read More

Day 4 – Rest Day

Tuesday is the rest day. And I needed it!

We spend the whole day in Warwick at the showgrounds and in the city itself.

BQ Tour 2015 8th Sept-1

Above you can see the tents and in the distance a large bank of solar panels, there were several of these. Read More

Day 3 – 100km, nearly

It’s 98km from Allora to Warwick across beautiful and diverse countryside. The tour organisers planned the longest day ride for day 3. This makes sense as the rest day is tomorrow on Day 4.

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Early morning at the Allora Showgrounds.

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A lot of the day was across the flat. This was easy on the legs but hard on the butt! Read More

Bicycle Tour Day 2 – Toowoomba to Allora

Today (Sunday) we rode 70km on a rural route from Toowoomba to Allora.

We started just before sunrise at Toowoomba. We ate breakfast and packed up our bags, these were loaded into the trucks along with the mattresses and tents.

BQ Tour 2015 6th Sept-1

Campeasy tents are packed and loaded by the camp volunteers. Meanwhile, personal tent campers pack their own tents and load them onto the trucks.

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Bicycle Tour – Day 1

Day 1 of the tour was a grueling circuit of Toowoomba.

BQ Tour 2015 5th Sept-1

The morning was quite pleasant, though a little cool – nothing like the cold that we had in Warwick later though!

BQ Tour 2015 5th Sept-2

A morning coffee was an essential, this is something we decided right at the beginning!  Luckily the coffee wagon was part of the camp set up and even followed us to lunch stops on the way during the 9 days.

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First day of Bicycle Qld Tour

This year, during my long-service leave Jane and I have completed the 2015 Bicycle Queensland 9-day tour. Though the tour starts officially tomorrow we arrived at the USQ campus in Toowoomba around 2pm on Friday 4th September.

This is us just ready to leave.

First me.
Alex ready to leave.

And my wife, Jane

Jane ready to leave. Read More