Building Inclusive Learning experiences - Becky Keene
A lot going on with Microsoft
Make sure students have access to the tools they need
"Students would rather go without than stand out. We need to move from assuming access to ensuring access in classrooms" Robin Lowell
Today's learning tools should be:
Write an accessibility success on sticky notes
Write a challenge
Not inclusive activity - if had a physical activity couldn't move, some people didn't have materials, some can't write/spell, processing can't do that quickly, didn't label spaces of where to put them
Some of the things we do are not inclusive at all.
Need universal design for learning
Reading highlighter for line focus
Run accessibility checker on anything you use (built into all office products):
Use Style sets available
Get into the habit so when you have a student who really needs it you are using it
Helping students read in a new way - Immersive reader in OneNote
Computational thinking skills in Immersive reader
Decomposition - syllabification
Pattern recognition - sentence structure
Line focus - abstraction
Theme selection - algorithmic thinking
Course taken by over 100000 educators - basic understanding of dyslexia
Launch immersive reader view while writing
Massive gains by allowing students to dictate
Improved spell checker in word - definitions and synonyms and also have it read aloud
Editor in word - pulls out inclusive speech corrections - inclusivity checker
Will flag these and ask you to change to more inclusive language
Challenges: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, mobility impairments
Maths tools in OneNote
Can use immersive reader to read the equations as well
Can also have practice quiz on an equation
Lots of students will do this at home
Presenter Coach in Power point online - Rehearsal mode
Example: - picked up "you guys"
Report at end of presentation
Especially if you are teaching deaf students
Real time meeting captioning in Teams is coming
Watch TV with captioning on - need text support for some people
Multi lingual parent nights in own language
Thought he was doing well hiring interpreters but then a woman from Russia came and he didn't have one. He felt he had done everything but still not enough - started using translator
Used to do them after the other nights- better to be real time in the moment
Having parent nights in real time
Make some noise about languages for here - Māori, verbal refugee languages
Tweet to MS translator - ask for Māori
Got Tongan and Samoan
Zoom in - use magnifier - figured it would be there because it's windows
Don't know what you need until you need it
Office lens - scanner in your pocket
Seeing AI - only on iOS
25 yr old woman with black hair looking happy - male female/ageist
What matters with inclusion
Inclusive software to use:
Minecraft - immersive reader built in - press i on keyboard for reader and picture dictionary
Immersive reader built in to many apps now
No one should have to ask for access, it should just be there
Use this chat/tweet @MSFTEnable
against the machine - Trent Ray
How do we use tech in the classroom to build future capable learning?
What did you want to be when you grow up?
User experience designer - had to hire someone to know how people interact with websites
Data miner - can manipulate data
Social media manager
Cloud services specialist - 100% increase for these roles in Linkedin
Avatar manager - look after avatars while they can't attend to them
Skills needed to branch out of teaching:
Do teaching for the love not the money - started a side thing of Kids Disco Parties - had 12 Djs, over 350 parties a yr in Melbourne
Started Collective Education - supporting schools
Cyber Safety Project - in schools - do a show
FutureLearning Academy - online teacher portal
How to find time in a day to do all of that
Future exciting - lots of learning to be done
Life - you will continue to learn
Stop asking what they want to be but what problems do you want to solve
Making it real
Nephew an inventor Joshua Ray
Creative ideas - looking for problems and way to solve them
How does he use the technology at school?
The teachers not really using the power of the tech - use for creation rather than just consumption
If a visitor to your school walks into a typical classroom what might we see students doing with technology?
2009-2012 data - how much has this changed?
If asked to develop an animation on a skill you need:
Understanding of tech
What an animation is? Which would be the best?
Who is your audience? How do you best communicate?
Purpose - how will it support?
Move from consumption to creation
Student - where he will learn in the future?
Online - too much communication, too little, distractions
Chat quality an issue
Technical platforms, self regulate, communicate
Where he will work?
When he first started working at Microsoft he was told: you know that Microsoft is not a place you go, it's a thing you do.
Structure to being totally flexible but really hard. Manage self, communicate and Collaborate. Lots of challenges
What will he do?
What is the value of humans in a high tech world?
What can we do with one
Building empathy - limbs
Titanium 3D printed hip
Mixed reality - Hololens, Virtual reality
Exported Minecraft - export into 3D paint
AI and machine learning:
Advancing accessibility features
Think about it as Augmented intelligence. Tech will become part of the biosphere.
How will it improve our lives
Talk about ethics with young people as well
How might we access AI to create a better world?
Software that helps improve gender bias
AI forgood challenge - ways we can promote AI as positive
Does every human need to learn how to code? No - but will need to know how to edit and work with code
Check these out - emotions API - can develop apps that can detect emotions
Age app - predict how old you are
Qnamaker.ai - Build a chatbot for your website
Really cool and fun to play with tech
Those that are innovators love this stuff
Does putting a gadget in the hands of a student automatically mean that they are engaged in learning?
How do you expect these technology trends to impact on learning?
Won't impact unless teachers embrace and guide and actively manipulate it to impact learning. It won't unless teachers do something
Have to think about the pedagogy around it
How will it impact on cognitive thinking? Think about the calculator. Immersive reader is reading so do we need learn to read?
If the load of learning how to read is removed, do we need to look at deeper comprehension instead?
What is it that students really need to learn?
Innovation hubs popping up everywhere
Tinker toys - which ones should we buy
Student looks up on youtube how to use things
Engagement or Edutainment - technology engages students - is it just edutainment? We need purposeful engagement.
Why do we want this tech in the hands of kids, then what teachers need, then spaces, then which tech
Teachers are in the drivers seat - need skills and mindset to do this
1 in 10 teacher had recent PD to help students develop future capabilities
How can we inspire educators to shape future capable learners?
What does it mean to be future capable?
Enrol to join the future learning academy
Evidence how he worked collaboratively with others using tech
Integrate tech and purposeful pedagogy
Sharing session 1 - Integrating Minecraft across yr 4-6 - Kelsie Laing and Adele Warburton
This is your for Minecraft for play - and this is your Minecraft for learning
Creativity - 8 and 9 year olds so fast and can explain everything
They also like to teach the teachers
Digital fluency and collaboration
Training for staff - get students to run this
Creation not necessarily consumption
Uses 21CLD skills: Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Flexibility, Leadership, Initiative, Productivity, Social skills
Sharing devices - not 1 to one
Yr 4 examples:
Multiplication and division problems - signs and solve
Story re-create - for literacy
Plan - make sure they are on the tool for learning
Reading in Minecraft is great - reading for a purpose, understanding of story as well
Set up the world and then students get them to join your world
Teacher dashboard - can get all to finish at once
Resource on empathy - Empathy Village
Highlight key words, then design a building for the family
Arrays - different way to teach multiplication and division
"I thought I was playing but I was actually learning new things"
Starting to see how it is impacting their learning
Tutankahmun - started as literacy but morphed into social science and maths
Booby trap the tomb
Downloaded a texture pack with hieroglyphs
Clear set of rules they co-construct together, otherwise you get a whole heap of pandas spawning or crazy things happening. If they don't then they have whole class out for a week.
Percentages make tower with 35% of one colour
Modelling different fractions - making fractions, ordering common fractions
In my world - teleport to someone and chat with them
Can model decimals
Healthy food village - on Minecraft education site - collaborate to make whole village
Roller coaster through digestive system
ANZAC world came out of Schoolkit.co.nz free resource of ANZAC
Building Methven - like the build Melbourne one
Skills you need kids said: Listening, respect others, creative, sharing, put ideas together, have to think about thinking
Physically sit on hands so don't do it for them
Don't rip up book in real world so don't destroy others work
Kids come up with manifesto together - link of theirs going into OneNote
Minecraft challenge cards - on website
2 - Implementing Digital Tech Curriculum - a cross curricular approach - Cathy
Only DT kaiako in school. Doing the implementation herself
Modules in tech/art/languages
Meeting prog outcomes up to yr 9, Yr 10 it's an option
Brought in microbits - Making micropets
Why need to change - not transferring the skills
Got CORE PLD
Had full staff meeting about what it was and why, then broke into smaller hubs
General why, CT, DDDO
Digital curriculum in other subjects
Asked for volunteers to progress it further
CBC documentary on why coding is important to teach and learn video
"If you don't know something about how computer systems work and how you can program them at some elementary level, you run the risk of being programmed yourself"
Initial reaction was terror from staff
Can create a chatbot, build a minecraft world - need to know of other options for assessment that cover DT curriculum
PLD in CT and DDDO
PE teacher in CT workshop - need a nudge sometimes
Opportunities outside school
Codeclub for teachers outside of school
Minecraft in Education workshops as well
Full day of PD for Leaders of Learning
People from industry came in to talk - they would employ barista over graduate
Can teach anyone anything, but the barista can interact with people
Workshops on CT and DDDO
Rubbish bin - put in and spits out something useful - looking at the problem that it would solve
Then went into real problems
Thinglink - put in picture, links to help people know each other
Met with each Leader of Learning - looking at their units yr 7-10 and look at ways DT curriculum to their units.
If it doesn't add value there is no point adding
Many leaders excited by the end of it
Yr 9 science - soil health - use microbits
Minecraft in Religious studies- looking at audience and making sure it is appropriate
Know what you want to achieve
Set the change in context, be clear about why
Time to get staff comfortable
Time to listen to concerns - triangle, square and circle
Time to work with small groups
If it's not adding value, don't do it
Supporting PE dept to write and teach them how to run orienteering unit
Not forcing students, can still do poster but there are options
Target, every student in yr 7-10 will engage with the DT curriculum in some way
Q - time for leaders to get this
Has half a unit to do this, not much time
Be good to have a digital type of SCT - make that a position - at the moment it is anything to do with computing see Cathy
Tied into a COL role possible
For staff to deliver it more important shouldn't just be Mathletics or note taking and research
SAMR - getting off substitution level
Making it real with Microsoft - Challenge - Trent Ray
Practical toolkit that teachers can pick up
Learning canvases to help students engage
What do you want to be when you grow up? changing to: What problems do you want to solve when you grow up?
Prepare them to be ready to do this
Design, Evidence, Assess, Report 21CLD
In Aus teachers have to report on their student's critical thinking and collaboration skills
When students are working on REAL projects what does it look like? - answer this on empathy map in groups
If they are going to be successful in this learning environment - what capabilities or skills do they need?
Inclusiveness - allocate roles
High level collaborators - how are we fostering that level of collaboration
Need to work with them to be ready for that type of learning
Self regulation - manage self, focussed on what needs to be done
Active listening - communication skills - respectfully disagreeing
Able to fail - resilience - failure is a learning opportunity
Speak and listen effectively
Technical skills - may be able to use with different things
Critical thinking - able to critique, take on feedback and apply it
REAL projects are opportunities to build multiple capabilities
Wicked problems - multi faceted and multi layered
Computational thinking - able to split into smaller parts
Young people cannot solve global warming on their own - but could have an impact in their local community.
How can we break down and get students to break this down - want to be able to see the impact.
What will some of the wicked problems be:
Nature of humanity - AI
Global Sustainability goals are wicked problems. Can all play a role but together we achieve more
Too big from a class perspective
What if we could build artificial forests? What if we could share our sustainable energy?
Have actionable ideas students can action in the local community. Or even look closer to themselves.
How authentic and accessible are your real world challenges?
How do we connect students to problems - maybe look at the local perspective - shower too short for his height
Not one thing in the school that showed who was here before them on that land. Now houses have names of people before them
Cultural Narrative for us - can see visibly who was here before us
We have nothing to cook with - design a local garden. Can't cook in kitchen until have sustainable food they have grown themselves
What is the relationship between problem solving and real world problems?
Start with using survey data from forms, statistics in the community
Define the problem
Crazy 8s - fold paper into 4 and can only draw - stand up to do it - more creative
Relational diagram for critical thinking
Might have 3 ideas but want to evaluate on set of criteria. So what idea meets all criterias the best
Small group of participants
Solution evaluation feedback form
Step 5 - take action and reflect
Reflect and progress template
These steps will guide our design in teams
Best links to community
Wows and wonder feedback
Came up with the whole project in 90 mins - really enjoyed the process for this project plan
Technology as part of the process not always the end product
Winners - plans are in the OneNote
Group 16 - isms of the world
Problem - low level isms of student speech - 360 immersive video to experience isms
Group 4 - melting pot
Sense of identity - very different communities
Establishing a community and what we share in values
Ākonga to decide how to identify themselves and connect them together
Inspired by who's come before us and looking at who comes after us
Group 9 - turn me off
What does it take to power a school
Student agency on where to take this