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We’re moving…

Following the recent meeting and subsequent discussion and vote, Education Futures : Scotland has now moved to its new home at pedagoo.org

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EdFutScot Open Meeting – Minutes

The following are some notes I made during the first Education Futures : Scotland open meeting tonight. You can watch it back here. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and contributed!

  • What is it we’re trying to achieve?
  • Highlight what’s good. Positive. Possibilities. Highlight good practice. Try things in public.
  • Building a system which deliberately sets out to create positive feedback loops. Pick up, use, spread.
  • Isn’t that LTS? We’re not a corporate a voice. Classroom practice. How we are implementing it in our classrooms. Practicalities of implementing CfE.
  • On the ground and practical or a systems approach? Whole school approaches are vastly different across Scotland. Some are using inservice, others learning rounds etc. Still a dissatisfaction as to how we’re going about this – the system we as teachers are having to go through. A bitty approach. Need a systems view.
  • Are these contradictory or complimentary? Complimentary…all finding our way…isn’t this part of autonomy? But still constrained by a National framework.
  • Core business = voices of the classroom.
  • Initiative fatigue – no mugs/mouse mats etc with edubuzz.org Is CfE seen as an initiative?
  • This is about a fundamental change in the way go about teaching, not an initiative.
  • Can we change the narrative? Use “Best Education System in the World”?
  • Practitioner led/owned leading to a change in the narrative of CfE.
  • How do we reach out to more than the twitterati? Should we be attempting to do more than blog?
  • Learning Rounds – Share practice. Work with other schools. Learning Rounds style approach to the twitterati?
  • Forming/Storming/Norming/Performing – are we at the storming stage? What are the norms…?
  • Learning Rounds – look to be very effective, but still can be seen as threatening…
  • How can we make use of these ideas? Move these ideas away from National agendas – collaborative web. Not top down. We are autonomous and appreciate the potential this gives us as a profession.
  • Perhaps this is best described as a permanent, online TeachMeet?
  • Modeling the opportunities – begin to communicate beyond the Twitterati…and to parents too? Massive social campaign…on a par with clunk, click every trip?
  • Need to share real ideas of classroom practice – and the learning resulting from trying.
  • Have we made the right call by going with a collaborative wordpress blog? Could we/should we go for another format? How about this from @dgilmour?
  • WordPress = a good start. 10/40000 at this meeting though…? A big challenge ahead.
  • Need a Facebook presence too.
  • What about Glow? Glow brings advantages, but many disadvantages also.
  • Shall we get our own domain name and have the blog hosted to help avoid filters? We have had a kind offer for hosting from paulwheatley.com
  • General feeling of approval in the room. Not perfect (i.e. possibly less permanent), but probably the best compromise between wordpress.com and glow.
  • Have we made the right call with the name? Can anyone think of anything better?
  • Perhaps could be catchier…ask for suggestions on twitter.
  • LearnMeet? A TeachMeet for learners was suggested. This could be fantastic. Who’s going to take this one forward…?

EdFutScot Open Meeting

There’s been so much discussion surrounding this blog and how best to take it forward, I think it’s best that we try to have a meeting to work out how to proceed. We need to make sure that as many who are interested are able to contribute to the direction we take.

Lots of others agreed that this was a good idea, so we came up with a date on doodle: Tuesday 10th May at 8pm.

David Noble has kindly agreed to organise a slot for us on FlashMeeting, which is really easy to use. All are welcome!

So, now we need some sort of an agenda…some suggested items include…

  • What is it we’re trying to achieve?
  • Have we made the right call by going with a collaborative wordpress blog? Could we/should we go for another format? How about this from @dgilmour?
  • Have we made the right call with the name? Can anyone think of anything better?
  • Shall we get our own domain name and have the blog hosted to help avoid filters? We have had a kind offer for hosting from paulwheatley.com
  • How do we reach out to more than the twitterati? Should we be attempting to do more than blog?

Other suggestions are of course more than welcome. Please add as a comment below. See/hear you on the 10th!

Housekeeping

Just a couple of quick housekeeping things. If you’re not interested, feel free to CLICK HERE to go to a worthwhile post!

  1.  You can now subscribe to this blog by email. Just enter your email address in the box at the top of the right column and hit “Sign Me Up!”
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  3. The Categories are moved up near the top of the right bar so you will be able to find what you want faster.
  4. If you are reading this on an iPad, you will notice it has its own theme.

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UPDATE: I’ve now produced the ‘logo’ in Gaelic. Thanks to http://twitter.com/don_iain for translation help. Please let me know if it’s wrong!

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