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Maria Bousnakis
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#collaborator #educator #life long learner #deep thinker #thrill seeker
#collaborator #educator #life long learner #deep thinker #thrill seeker

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Universal Design for Learning. Differentiation at its best!
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'Synergetic' GTASyd Experience

I was in the thick of research for a postgraduate ICT assignment when I stumbled across a great TEDx Talk reminding me of the amazing experience at the Sydney Google Teacher Academy last month. The fact that the presenter refers to moonshot thinking was no coincidence either.

'Rise of the Knowmads' is an apt analogy describing the GTA experience as well as the individuals I had the pleasure to connect with over the two days. John Moravec describes 'knowmads' as individuals who are able to SYNERGISE (innovate through collaboration) rather than TRANSACT (work with existing mindsets and understandings). They are creative, imaginative people who leverage personal knowledge- in this case within an educational context to LEARN, UNLEARN and ADAPT new ideas. Did GTASyd accomplish this? In my humble opinion ABSOLUTELY!!!

Throughout the two days there were numerous occasions where synergy was a palpable force.One particular example was when we began generating moonshots (in the form of 'how might we' questions) as part of the Design Thinking process another when speakers from Google and Telstra shared their passion for innovation. 

+Tom Barrett +Hamish Curry  and our mentors (including) were 'knowmads' themselves; challenging and igniting moonshot thinking, breathing life into our creative thinking processes. Even now I am energised and inspired. I have now set the wheels in motion to bring others along this journey. Working within an environment of innovation such as Google was an astronomical experience.

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Dear FAIM Teachers,

This spreadsheet has been created as a shared resource in order to build a database of outside connections encouraging authentic applications of learning with the wider community both locally and globally. Parent contacts will be unique to each school however, if you have been in touch with a particular person within an organisation, it would be helpful if you could add them to this spreadsheet.

Suggestions for excursions are welcome as are ideas for an authentic audience during the feedforward phase. Please select the relevant grade from the tabs available and complete the relevant fields.

Your contributions would add great value to student learning.                                                                                              

THANKS from your fellow FAIM-er,                                              
Maria Dolce                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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'The Road Not Taken'
An Opportunity for Change
Google Teacher Academy video application #gtasyd
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The Power of #ThingLink to Plan Immersion Experiences...

Thing Link can be used in so many different ways, as seen in +Ashley Azzopardi  post. What a fantastic way to show educators the process of Design Thinking!!!

In this example, we are trialling the use of Thing Link at St Ambrose to create an online program documenting Design Thinking experiences in the classroom (+Michele Couch +Aneela Pereira ). This is a working document where changes can be made, ideas/resource links added or experiences re-ordered depending on where the students want to take their learning - at any time. 

Keep an eye on this space for additions/ changes. Your feedforward would be greatly valued!!

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This great website provides resources including video, ppt and templates to demonstrate the art of critiquing with our students.Thanks +Ewan McIntosh

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Teachers engaged in hexagonal thinking task during the Design Thinking Teach Meet. +Tom Barrett +Hamish Curry

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The video link is the guided Design Thinking teach meet we used at our staff meeting. Please feel free to use it. Your feedforward would be greatly valued. +Tom Barrett +Hamish Curry

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Design Thinking Teach Meet about Design Thinking @ St Ambrose = inspiring professional dialogue. Teachers created a number of 'How might we...' questions as a result of a guided teach meet. Pink hexagons = strengths, yellow= areas of development, blue= assessment. The how might we questions generated will assist with targeting future professional learning. #notosh
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