An educator’s reflection on our annual conference 2013

We are really grateful to Nick Hood for taking the time to summarise and give us his analysis of our annual conference. You can read his blogpost here and he’d welcome any comments, as would we! Thanks Nick and glad you enjoyed the day. The hard bit for all of us follows – will this experience make an impact on your practice in the interests of students’ learning? We’d love to hear how – comments please!
Nick also recorded an audioboo ( quick and easy way to podcast) which you can listen to as well. The visions presented for future education were a bit conservative for him – what do you think?

Annual conference 2013: What will education look like in 2023?

Over 100 educators gathered on the 19th of November 2013 for the SELMAS annual conference which discussed the theme of futures education. Perspectives on this were shared from school, local authority, employers and the best-selling author and journalist Matthew Syed. There was a very positive buzz around the room as participants discussed mindsets, new technologies and the poverty/opportunity gap.
Over the next few days you’ll see clips and links assembling on this post and hopefully a few guest blog posts as well. Feel free to use these to share collegiately with your colleagues -please leave a comment on how you used them, what they inspired you to change in your practice or what impact they might have on the learning of the young people in your schools.

Here’s Ollie Bray on Hacking Education, Shoeless Learning and looking at things differently…..there is a link to his slides below as well

…and more on Shoeless Learning

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Student leadership project ideas from #swsl

Here are some of the fantastic ideas generated by the young people who participated in the first ever national student leadership event in Larbert High School last Thursday. They worked very hard and should be very proud of themselves.

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Annual Conference – book now!

Once again SELMAS will be holding its annual conference in the Management Centre at Stirling University and again we have a wonderful selection of speakers.  The conference will take place on Tuesday 19th November 2013..

The conference will look to the future and its theme is What will education and schools look like in 2023?  Two leading Scottish practitioners, Donna Manson, Head of Schools in Fife, and Ollie Bray, Headteacher at Kingussie High School, will be presenting their views.

We are also however delighted to have Matthew Syed as a speaker.  Matthew is a well-known journalist, writer and commentator.  He is also a former Commonwealth table-tennis champion and the author of the inspiring work, Bounce, which explores ‘the myth of talent and the power of practice’.  In looking at the future of education Matthew Syed will bring his analytic mind to the concepts of ‘gifted and talented’ and to strategies to achieve success.

We are still fine-tuning the details of the day’s programme but these three speakers are confirmed and there will be a panel session involving the speakers and others, engaging with key questions generated by the conference participants.

We are certain that, as with all our various events last year, this Conference will be a sell-out.  Once again we would advise you that as well as being open to anyone with a professional involvement in education, to parents organisations and others engaged in the big educational debates, senior students are very welcome to this Conference.  The cost for the day, including lunch, is £80 per delegate, but in keeping with its recent practice, SELMAS is offering any organisation which sends two delegates, providing at least one of them has never attended a previous SELMAS event, two places for £120.

We are now accepting bookings and I look forward to hearing from you.

Please contact Alex Wood directly to book your place.

2012 in review

We’ve not been around online for long, a few months only at the back end of 2012, but I think these stats are reasonably impressive for a voluntary organisation with a small but growing profile, both on and offline.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Stephen Heppell at the EU

Stephen Heppell at the EU

Opening up education through technologies: Towards a more systemic use for a smart, social and sustainable growth in Europe” 
9-11 December 2012

This is the “homework” Stephen Heppell has set for the European ministers n advance of his talk to them next week. Lots of interesting and relevant food for thought in the light of our recent SELMAS discussions on technology, teaching and learning. The questions for discussion at the bottom could form the basis of our own on-going conversations – let’s carry on the conversations either here, using the comments, or on twitter, with our hashtag #selmas2012