T is for Topi

Openness. Badges. Digital Portfolios. Personal learning spaces. Learning Analytics.

Can anyone blend these features together, offering educators and learners and space where they can collaborate, where their privacy is respected, where a digital narrative of learning is really useful for students?

Just before leaving for Singapore where Slush will be taking place next week, Topi Litmanen tells us more about ClanEd – what it is, how it can be used by educators and what is coming soon to this transformative elearning tool.

Thank you Topi for your time and inspiring change from Helsinki!

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There is a small glitch in the connection which I did not edit as I prefer simple streamlining –  apologies! 

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Northern Lights, Northern Change

Gazing across the sea, the smell of pines, birches and maples keep me company. A world of berries, mushrooms and  flowers all mix in the rich soil of this coast line. Unlike other oceans, other seas, the forest never leaves me, the scent of wild open oceans does not engulf me.

Summer light is indeed endless, stretching dark nights into bright days,  nature’s game of morphing, blending  hues of gold, saffron, and blues, all into a promise of a summer playground which goes on forever.

I know well that this is not so.

I know well.

So I turn my attention elsewhere. No need to think of the change of seasons yet.

Change and changes.

A lifetime of changing habits and habitats. A lifetime seeking meaning through change. helsinki-big-wheelLike ferry wheels, change may be light, lightness, uplifting, inspiring.

Fragil, at moments; a fleeting gift of a bird’s eye across one’s world; ever turning with momentary dips and rises,  the promise of yet another round of changing perspective remains constant.

Through all changes, it is that which I seek – the inspirational within  the narrative of change.

From Helsinki, I turn to ClanEd,  intrigued by this Northern provocation of change.

Will ClanEd inspire transformational learning? Will ClanEd foster collaboration among learners? Is this a possible tool I have been waiting for, a tool which offers me more than the regular choices of a LMS? Will there be elements of openness? What changes may I find in this Northern elearning tool?

 

My next guest is the Chief Education Scientist of ClanEd, who will be answering these questions and more.

Topi Litmanen holds a PhD in Education from the University of Helsinki, has extensive experience as an educator and as a pedagogical advisor within elearning contexts.

A keen cyclist, a participant in marathons and occasional triathlons, Topi’s passion remains within the development of changing the e-scape of learning by providing support to teachers and clients of ClandEd, while ensuring that ClanEd continues changing into the most collaborative, user-friendly and innovative tool for educators.

Join me here, as Topi unravels the changes that ClanEd is bringing into the world of education.

Northern lights, Northern changes.

Let the North unfold.

 

R is for Rotana

Leadership, dealing with uncertainties, engaging with the flow, learning with interactions.

Approaches for understanding and adaptation.

How does one manage complexity in times of intense change?

Rotana Ty explains how nemetics researches patterns of trends, ways of learning and collectivist learning.

 

 

 

 

Thank you Rotana for your time and for explaining more about Nemetics !

If you would like to know more, you can find Rotana here and here .

A Blending of Worlds

small_world_by_koyamori-d5cu3thI dream of bamboo and swaying coconut trees. And I dream of rivers to cross, bridges to walk, fields to run through.

I dream.

A world both endlessly beautiful and rich to explore, a world shrinking as we speak. Some worlds have no borders, no passport controls, no visa demands. Some worlds are worlds into and unto themselves.

There are those who speak of these worlds as networks, emerging trends, movements of learning and connecting. Nemetics becomes a password for entry to this world of connections, explorations and lack of systems.

Or is there?

From a fondness of quiet tea houses to the pleasure of observing masses in movement,Rotana Ty,  explores these worlds of  complexity and collaboration.

Rotana will join me here to explain how this world of nemetics flows and how it relates to changes in our worlds today.

 

 

 

The world spins and spins and spins. Worlds blend.

What lies within?

What changes will you find?

A Whale in the Forest from WDCS GERMANY on Vimeo.

Image: A Small World

On Writing, Training, Developing

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Words blown to the winds,

Words on pages, in bytes,

Words for now,

Words for tomorrow.

Where will all our words go?

Katherine lives in a world of words, gardens and education. Writing, developing ideas and training others, she has spent endless hours linking words across the pages of English Language Teaching, both for students and ELT educators.

 

 

 

 

katherineMostly though, , Katherine is well known for being an ELT author. She writes for OUP, Macmillan, Richmond, Burlington and others. She also writes English courses for the BBC and the British Council. However, in her spare time she writes other words of other worlds.

Katherine lives in a small village of 15 inhabitants in rural Spain. She enjoys ‘the quiet life’; gardening, walking and bird-watching. She also loves music and cinema and she is passionate about Japanese Literature.

Join us here as Katherine reflects on the changes of ELT publishing, ELT teacher training and the changing world of words.

Flogging Molly “Float” from Karni and Saul on Vimeo.

Image taken from : Words

M is for Mark

“… teachers  really care about they are doing. ….. Teachers are trusted.”

” Quality in many different ways.”

“… what is important is being open and flexible. ”

“… learning through progressive inquiry..”

 

Thank you Mark for your time to talk about education in Finland, education management, and this global program for change!

 

You can follow Mark @macurcher or find out more about  21st Century Educators

Leadership Connections in Times of Disruption

My world – a universe of connections, random, deliberate, global.  As I reflect on the connectivity I engage in and with, it does not seem unusual to me. I have spent my life living across the world, in places that no longer exist other than in memories. Bubbles of memories make up who I am.

Memories?  Love lines written across the sky. Nothing more, nothing less.

As I quietly navigate information, ideas, personalities in the cyberseas of the internet, there are others who, like me, share the same concerns, interests and dreams. Dreams of equality, dreams of creativity and innovation, transforming education into a more joyful, effective and transformational space. Our thought bubbles coincide and connections are sometimes made. At times, these connections take place silently, almost intrepidly as I read their web writings and share their inspiration with others.

Among all the debated and constantly referred to issues in education today, there are two which glare out, desperately screaming for attention: effective leadership and the need to transform education. Before one goes on, possibly agreeing with me, these two issues are not new nor only required for our current times. They have always hung over our heads, looming needs with few practical answers. What has caused the current disruptions in education is, among other factors, digital learning – from OER to MOOCs, to all the tools and platforms which enable open communication and creativity in self-expression, which is open and accessible to all. Just as the printing press caused havoc and mayhem in regard to leadership in education, just as societies began making education accessible to all, today’s digital devices have opened up deep questions on educational and social change.

My next guest is no outsider nor stranger with these issues.

George Couros is the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division. He resides at the Centre for Education working closely with the all schools in the division, as well as the Future PlanningTeam, Lead Team, Learning Services Department and Information Technology Department where he pushes the leading edge in implementing Alberta Education’s new Goal Two – Educational Transformation. George has worked with all levels of school from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school based administrator.

He additionally co-facilitates Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results leadership training, is a leader on the effective use of social media to improve student learning. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement. George is also the creator of the Connected Principals blog site as well as the founder of Connected Canada.  His focus is to help organizations create optimal learning environments for innovation within schools.

Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always the development of leadership and people and what is best for kids.  He uses humour as a way to connecting with all of those that he works with.  His presentations are known to be both informative and entertaining, yet creating an emotional connection that helps people move to the next level.  His mix of research, personal stories, and practical ways to implement new learning help participants feel comfortable in taking risks in their own learning.

You can learn more about George at his site georgecouros.ca.

Join us here as George reveals his reflections on leadership, connecting with others and how education is at best, a wonder of social transformation.

If you have questions on these topics, please feel welcome to leave them here.

What qualities do you think educational leaders should have? Is education for confirming a society’s leadership or for transforming societies?