My presentation at the ‘What’s changed’ seminar

This is something I haven’t done before – listened to myself giving a presentation – it’s kinda scary.

Lots of ‘ums’ and ‘uhs’ to start with, which decrease a little over time, but I reckon I could do with a few public speaking classes nonetheless :)

An absolutely great seminar / conference – fascinating attendees and a great organisation. Couldn’t have enjoyed it more.

Here’s My powerpoint (3.11 MB). You can find some very dodgy quotes and some of my early scratchings about what I was going to say in the notes for each slide.

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9 replies on “My presentation at the ‘What’s changed’ seminar”

  1. Thanks James, I didn’t even notice the ums and ahs – it was too engaging!

    I can see that the education ICT market is vulnerable. I’ve come into teaching after 25 years in industry, the last 14 or so in IT, finishing in corporate IS/IT strategy. I see ICT as having great potential, but worry about some of the risks. For example, ICT that doesn’t support learning, ICT which embeds particular practices, preventing change… I could go on. Your presentation will help me articulate these concerns.

    Also, your presentation made me think of a distinction that’s made in industry between knowledge workers and “structured task” workers. These days, both use computers. The difference in the way they use them, though, is like night and day. School students are young knowledge workers, so need to be provided with appropriate tools.

    An engaged knowledge worker will be empowered with plenty of IT tools that will be used if they help, not because a process has to be followed. But their activities will also be carried out in a supportive environment, with whiteboards and places for discussions and meetings.

    For the first time, I’ve realised that Blackboard-type systems look much more like the kind of thing that’s used by task workers, working away alone at their PC.

    Maybe this analogy could be useful?


  2. Thanks James. That was really interesting. I’ve sent it on to my colleagues at USyd eLearning (aka WebCT). Should lead to some interesting discussions. :)

  3. I really enjoyed listening to your podcasts …which I blundered upon because I’ve been spending hours and hours working on 3 edublogs. (Thank you!) I took a workshop with the National Writing Project a few weeks ago, and we all began our blogs. I returned to LA to immediately spread the word to about six other teachers. We’re all collaborating and writing like mad.

    We’re all dying for school to start. Really.

    i liked your podcast because one of my favorite books is called Education is a Subversive Activity. You are in great company. There’s a long line stretching all the way back to Socrates. We won’t dwell on what happened to him. It’s immortality we’re after.

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