King’s College

Ice-Breaker / Warm-up!

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Welcome to 2013!

Just as we began last year, 2013 starts off with sessions at King’s College in Warrnambool, Victoria. This follows on with the commitment of a King’s College team who participated in a 5 Day workshop series at Independent Schools Victoria and continued focus on teaching and learning.

Like many schools, King’s is running an iPad program for Year 7 & 8 students.  However, unlike most other schools, the Head of King’s College is himself an Apple Distinguished Educator.  We will also capitalise on a Triple T (Try This Tomorrow) culture using Look to Learn activities to promote Visible Thinking.

Let’s Get Started!

Activity 1

Activity 2

Look to Learn – Making Thinking Visible

Activity 3

Activity 4 – CEQ•ALL

  • Review the Rubric (pdf) – How could you use this for a group or research project?
  • Think-Pair-Share

Break-out Sessions

  • Junior – Look to Learn and CEQ•ALL
  • Middle & Senior – Look to Learn, ClassPortals, WebQuests and CEQ•ALL


Resources for Breakout Sessions

WordPress? – Creating your Online Platform

Look to Learn

Weekly – Participation in Blogs

RSS Feeds

Other Media

Social Bookmarking

The ClassPortal Twist


C E QA LL / Seek all!

Self-managed Learning Framework for students

The Pedagogy

Pedagogy Review

Of course my focus will be on pedagogy and powerful frameworks so that the individual good work of teachers contributes to a whole-school impact on authentic and engaged learning for students. Those I find most powerful for 1:1 personal learning are Self-Determination TheoryCultures of ThinkingHabits of MindFlow TheoryGrit and Authentic Happiness.

Extension: WebQuests – Transforming Information to New Understanding

The WebQuest Designer’s Checklist – especially “Transformative Thinking”

Ah-ha. That’s what we’re after. Yes students can learn a lot of information from the Web, but it offers so much more. When you think you’ve got your WebQuest shaping up, really look hard and long at what you’re asking students to do. Look at their cognition, not their outputs here. What’s going on in the learners’ brains? The usual place in a WebQuest to engage learners in higher order thinking is during that phase when they come back together from developing expertise in their separate roles. The right way to do this is to give the groups a task that requires them to make new meaning, not just to assemble the separate pieces they have learned about. This is the tough part, but it’s the critical piece. Good luck.

Transformations Sampler

Help pages from Web-and-Flow

Current Examples

The Edge-ucators Way Strategies



Whole Staff Re-Cap

Slides on Change 

EtherPad on “What I want to make routine in 2013”

Review of 2012

  • Presentation 2012: Core ideas, implications & how to initiate and sustain?
  • Reflecting on Change: Why do we want to?  Why do we have to? 

So How do We Change?

  • Daily – micro lesson level
  • Weekly – participation in Blogs
  • Unit Level – CEQ•ALL for Inquiry units / Research
  • School-wide – Change management, Making Thinking Visible