Lausanne Learning Institute, Memphis, Tennessee ~ Day 2

| July 15, 2013 | 6 Comments 

Our second day at the remarkable the Lausanne Learning Institute in Memphis, Tennessee.

This is an incredible event, (make sure to follow LLI on Twitter and like LLI on Facebook) and draws folk from far and wide (for example, it was very special to meet up with the gorgeous folk from Robert College, Istanbul, again). Educators, administrators, technology integrationists, technology support personnel and more.

We started the day, with all of the folk here, and a keynote entitled “Out of This World : ICT to inspire” at the Lausanne Collegiate School.

Whenever we do a keynote presentation, we hope people join us, remembering it is not “the message we are trying to get across” that matters. Not the tools. Not the examples. It is what thoughts are triggered during the process. (If that is more than a shopping list, then that’s a great start).

The same can apply in our sessions with children. Our lessons have to be WORTH behaving for. Are they?

“It’s not what I’m going to say. It’s what I hope you’ll think through, around and, hopefully, partially because of, what I’m going to say”.

The word “teacher” can sometimes make us too one sided.

In this goal driven age, we could think that education is imparting a body of knowledge, rather than a shared journey of discovery. There are so many pressures put upon educators these days that enjoyment, inspiration, creativity, and fun can be forced out of the classroom.

We need to inspire young people and fire their imaginations; enhance their creativity and confidence so they can pick ideas up and start to juggle with them; encourage resourcefulness through challenge, but also the ability to reflect, change and benefit from the experience of others; to motivate a love of learning for life.

Fascination is a tool that can be easily neglected. This digital world, when mixed with the analogue, brings such potential for communication.

We took apart the powerful effect of using games, many useful Web2 tools and software (most of it free), hand-held devices and more, – modelling a way of teaching, where quality learning is the focus rather than the latest gadget.

Deciding what NOT to do, in such a short time, was helped by the fact we are going to finish the event, with everybody, tomorrow. “There’s more”.

And then, in our workshop, we went all D.I.Y. ~ “They don’t make digital resources about what I am learning with my class! I know, I’ll make my own”!

So often, PowerPoint presentations are used as “The End Result”, – firing bullet points at an unsuspecting audience. Instead, we explored the magical, hidden elements of this well known piece of software, turning it on its head, in a powerful way, to create relevant, engaging, interactive tools, to motivate, and enthuse, children of all ages and abilities. We hope people left with a few inventive, and practical, ideas to apply back in the classroom.

And, being in Memphis, it had to be Blue Suede Shoes!

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Amanda says:

    Thank you for a GREAT opening to LLI13! Hope to as a teachers do whatever I can to GET students TALKING! Down with the quiet classroom!

  2. Sharon Rice says:

    Inspirational keynote at LLI13!

  3. Tim says:

    Thank YOU Amanda. Keep in touch

  4. Tim says:

    Thank you Sharon. Very kind. Thanks for the comment too

  5. Megan says:

    Thanks for all of the great ideas – very exciting to start utilizing them. What was the site that you search Africa for and the results were the images?

  6. Tim says:

    Thank you Megan
    Keep in touch and let us know how you get on

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