It seems there is a lot of interest in Edgeryders experiences and views on learning. This week alone I have recieved two separate requests for the community to contribute it’s view on learning in general and education in particular. Rather than speak for the community, I think it is much more interesting and in line with the spirit in which we do things to pass them on to Edgeryders to collaborate on.
- Following #lote we have been asked to make an addition to a report that reponds to this motion: http://assembly.coe.int/Documents/WorkingDocs/Doc10/EDOC12256.pdf
In response to the motion, we have been asked to contribute to a paper that while it acknowledges the challenges faced by young people, is focused on putting forward creative solutions to existing problems. Our contribution to the report should be maximum 5 pages long and contain as they put it “out-of-the-box ideas and innovative solutions” put forward in Edgeryders discussions- both on the platform and during the conference. I’d suggest working out of a shared document so anyone can follow it as it progresses and also contribute to it- anyone who does will be included as co-authors. There is 500 Euros on the table for the person who wants to drive the process and take responsibility for making sure that the end output is of high enough quality that the community would be proud to be associated with it
The Deadline for the final report is August 20.
- We recieved an invitation to contribute to The London Festival of Education on the 17th of November 2012. Participation is on volunteer basis- I asked whether they could cover cost of travel for people coming from outside the UK and the organisers have promised to check and get back to us…
"The London Festival of Education is being held at the Institute of Education in Central London on the 17th November 2012. We’ve been asked by a team at TES and the Institute to organise a festival for an audience of over 1200. We are designing a festival in the true sense, with a great line up, including headliners, interactive sessions, entertainment, debate, discussions and fantastic food and drink. The festival is for everyone who is passionate about education in all its forms. We expect a dynamic mix of teachers, academics, policy makers, parents, young people and more. Keri Facer, who is on the steering group for the festival, recommended we get in touch with you about being involved in the event. We would love it if Edgeryders were interested in being involved in the event as a contributor.
Some more event Info:
We have great contributors confirmed including David Puttnam (House of Lords), Camila Batmanghelidjh (Kids Company), Pasi Sahlberg (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation, Finland), Guy Claxton (University of Winchester) and many more… Here’s the website which has just gone live and is being updated regularly as more participants are confirmed.
londonfestivalofeducation.com @LFE2012 #LFE2012
Our three themes for the event are:
* What does an educated person look like?
* Is it worth going to University? and
* What makes great teaching?
So we’d like each session to respond to one of these themes.
Just now the way it can work is pretty open. We have the entire IOE for the day and therefore access to lots of different spaces, our thinking is that our contributors will run 1 or more sessions during the day and they should respond to one of the themes/questions I outlined above. So for example we could have a room with 20 participants doing a physical Warhorse puppetry workshop run by the National Theatre responding to ‘What makes great teaching?’ and we could have 300 participants in other space having a Q&A session in response to an initial talk from say Lord Puttnam on the importance of digital…'In relation to ‘What does an educated person look like?’.
We want this festival to really engage the audience, and be less passive than a lot of education events so it’d be great to get your steer on what you would like to do and with what size audience."
What do you think? Would you be up for taking a lead on putting together a document synthesising the Edgeryders view on learning and education? One that highlights the experiences, insights, and solutions proposed through the discussions in the community? Obviously it would be open for everyne who wants to contribute to it to be able to do so, but in my experience someone needs to lead this process. Let us know what you think via the comments so we can get this party started!