Tom March – ECAWA Keynote Speaker

How Ready is your School for Next Era Ed?  – The Big Picture

One-to-one digital devices, rich media and smart software are empowering individuals’ personal learning. Many schools have jumped in with variations on BYOD initiatives or iPad pilots and use online environments for like Edmodo and Google Apps.

So how’s that going for you? Are students achieving and flourishing like never before? Or is technology acting more like a distraction or disruptor than an accelerator of learning?

Perhaps something was missed as the digital initiatives were designed?

In this presentation you’ll apply the Next Era Ed framework and check your school’s readiness to promote the successful personal learning of staff and students.

Hint: You play a vital role in this success!

This address will be the final presentation of the day on Thursday the 16th of April.

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Tom March will also make two presentations in the Concurrent programme on Friday the 17th of April.

Next Era Ed Readiness Check: Debrief

Every school has made progress toward the next era of education: one that measures success by individualised student learning, not syllabus delivery and high-stakes tests.

Again, how’s that going for you?

This session walks through each of the facets of the Next Era Ed Framework, allowing participants to ask questions to unpack and personalise the model for the current status at their schools.

Implicit in this session is empowering all educators to contribute to their school’s realisation of what is possible through wisely-guided systemic change.

How Hobsons’ Edumate Accelerates Next Era Ed

A smart digital environment is an important tool for schools moving into the next era of education.

Many applications can include a richer vision for student success; powerful tools for tracking and analytics; new pedagogies; and student-focused learning. But the real benefits come when  one digital environment integrates these elements in a closed-loop of enlightened curriculum design and linked student learning. However useful separate tools might be, they let important information about organisational and student learning leak down the data drain.

See a demonstration of Hobsons Edumate 5.0, where one system, developed for Australian schools, lets you continuously improve the things your school community decides matter most.

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Tom March began his career in education in as a high school English teacher who loved using technology to engage students in authentic learning challenges. This, plus a willingness to take risks and work hard, saw him recognised as a Teacher of the Year finalist for San Diego County after just five years in the classroom.  While a teacher, Tom served as Head of English, IT Coordinator and district technology mentor.  After 10 years in the classroom and completion of a Masters degree in Educational Technology and Instructional Design, Tom received a fellowship at San Diego State University where he and his colleagues developed some of the earliest Web sites to support teachers and students.  While on staff he also taught pre-service teachers and collaborated with Professor Bernie Dodge to develop the WebQuest.

Since those early days, Tom has been “working the Web for education” by designing online curriculum, developing eLearning environments for teachers and combining evidence-based pedagogies with classroom savvy to produce new conceptual frameworks for authentic learning and ICT integration.

These days, Tom works to support systemic preparedness for our next era of education where 1:1 digital access can shift us from assembly line schools to places where all students experience the joy of learning and produce outstanding achievements. At the heart of this change is helping schools develop a curriculum that promotes sophisticated student competencies and deep understandings.

Tom March frequently keynotes, writes, facilitates workshops and consults with schools, all focused on making learning more real, rich and relevant for every student.

Join Tom March at the ECAWA 2015 State Conference at Scotch College.


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