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  1. DigiCon15 – What I’ve Learnt

    July 29, 2015 by Mrs Hurley

    It’s Monday morning and I’m still coming down from my 2 days at Digi Con 2015.

    Digi Con is an annual conference, hosted by the DLTV. The conference spans 2 days but you can choose either/or/both to attend. There is a mixture of workshops to attend, keynote speakers and the popular Spark Talks, a 12 minute TED style talk. More information on the sessions that were run this year is here.

    I attended a couple of workshops, all of the keynotes and a few Spark Talks. One of the good things about Digi Con is that, even though you’ve signed up for workshops, you can be in charge of your own learning and go wherever you want to.

    I’ve decided to reflect on my experiences in a different way, purely because I don’t want to bore everyone with a recount but also because I believe that the most valuable lessons I learnt over my 2 days were from my PLN (Professional Learning Network).

    So, without much further ado, I present…

    Lessons I learnt from my PLN at Digi Con 2015

    From Rick Kayler-Thomson (@rakt) I learnt that being a regular teacher is OK. We can’t do everything but that doesn’t stop us from trying! It’s OK to fail sometimes.

    From Adam Lavars (@AdamLavars) and Lee Burns (leeburns82) I learnt that the connections that you make are important. If you put in the effort (especially to group assignments!) what you get back is far better.

    From Hamish Curry (@hamishcurry) I’ve learnt (amongst many other banana related things) that feeling shit is OK – it’s part of the creative process.

    From Anthony Speranza (@anthsperanza) I learnt to never stop trying to disrupt the education system. Don’t be the ostrich with your head in the sand – be the meerkat!

    From Narissa Leung (@rissL) I learnt the importance of taking risks. I also learnt that there are some things that you can’t change but there’s no point in worrying about them – change the things that you can.

    From Michael Ha (@Nerdyphyseder) I learnt what it means to be a lifelong learner. The Sydney-sider who took many risks!

     The main take aways from DigiCon were nothing to do with technologies. The messages that I took away were;

    • Take Risks
    • Develop Curiosity and Creativity
    • Make It Happen

    There are many others in my PLN that I have learnt from – the best part about it is that I continue to learn from these wonderful people all the time. So the last thing that I will encourage you to do is to get connected, expand your PLN and learn from them every day.

    Big thanks and congratulations to Mel Cashen (@melcashen), Bec Spink (@BecSpink) and the rest of the wonderful DLTV Team for a wonderful conference.

    To the rest of my PLN whom I haven’t mentioned by name here, that certainly doesn’t mean that I haven’t learnt from you! My brain hurts thinking of everything at the moment so I need a rest.

    Stay tuned for more posts on DigiCon…


  2. Mid-Year Resolutions

    July 3, 2014 by Mrs Hurley

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading over these school holidays that is really making me start to think about how I run my classroom. I’m starting to see and rebel against this traditional method of teaching and learning so widely accepted by schools. These “non-negotiable codes of conduct” which dictate what our classroom should look like and how the curriculum should be delivered. Every piece of reading that I’ve completed (or am in the process of completing) goes against what these archaic codes tell us.

    I’ll be the first to admit, I am very easily swayed when it comes to new ideas and opinions. There are some ideas which I will just jump on and run with and not stop to think about alternative opinions or different ways of doing it.

    Sometimes, this head first approach really works in my classroom. However, as with anything, sometimes it doesn’t or I haven’t thought it out enough to make it work.

    I am not the most articulate person in real life. I find writing things down gives me a better perspective and makes me sound like I know what I’m talking about. For example, if another teacher was to ask me why I blog with my class, I would give a short-handed answer that really doesn’t convey my passion or extraordinary benefits that I’ve witnessed while blogging with my students. I bumble through answers and sound quite unintelligent and I’ll be the first to admit that.

    In a conversation with a member of my PLN, I asked him how long he had been teaching for as he really seems to have a handle on things. I had mistakenly assumed he was the same age as me and had the same amount of teaching experience but he was always so knowledgeable about everything in education. (Seriously, if you haven’t added @mrkrndvs to your Twitter PLN, do so now!)

    Which brings up another point – I love how age is never a barrier to new learning and never an excuse to improve your classroom. If you have 1 year, 10 years or 35 years teaching experience, you should always be striving to improve yourself as a learner and your practice.

    I asked my PLN member, am I too ambitious for someone with my amount of teaching experience? His self-reflective reply sums everything up perfectly; “I was never ambitious enough. Always thought that it was someone else’s job. Until I realised it was mine for the taking”

    And so, once again, I am feeling inspired. I am going to spend next week working out a plan to totally and radically change my classroom and change my practice to improve learning for my students. My students don’t need set reading groups with one text for all of them to respond to (Not that I’ve actually followed this code of conduct for awhile… Oops!)

    They need voice, they need choice and they need to be able to collaboratively solve problems!


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