- Over the last 12 months we’ve been working together with educators and schools around the country on a solution to the curriculum sharing problem.
- Now when an amazing learning experience is created in Australia, India or anywhere else in the world, it can be easily shared amongst colleagues in a ready to use form, that ties into a beautiful workflow designed specifically for teachers. So each and every educator’s contribution…is global.
- Make it your own! We think we’ve found a great ‘Growth Mindset’ quest from Luke Kerr at Mount Eliza College, here it is for you to use, but don’t take it from us, have your say! Chop it up, add bits and pieces here and try it for yourself: http://myedapp.com/quest/QdJzz9dO/grow-your-mind-with-a-growth-mindset
Collaborating seamlessly across schools has always been a dream. Why doesn’t someone make it a reality?
Cross school collaboration is broken. We just don’t realise it yet.
Want to collaborate with another educator in another school? Great! Let’s call a professional day together. Let’s maybe get some google hangouts going. But that’s about it… Cross-school collaboration is broken. We just don’t realise it yet.
PROBLEM #1 – Silos of innovation
Ever felt like you’re going nuts trying to capture student work and evidence of learning?
You want to give them choice, the ability to be creative. To move past pen paper or even their computers to use a range of ways to show off what they have learnt.
Some want to use video and photos. Others want to submit presentations, spreadsheets, screenshots, podcasts, physical projects and more!
But how do you collect, mark and provide feedback for all of that in an organised way…….?
Our Approach to Capturing Student Learning
That’s why we’ve released the myEd Capture gadget.
Missed #FutureSchools conference? We’ve got you covered!
We were fortunate to have coffee with John Bergmann a keynote speaker at #Future Schools, who is one of the pioneers of the Flipped Class Movement and co-author of the book “Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day”. John received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching in 2002, was named Semi-Finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2010 and serves on the Advisory Board of TED Education!
We and a number of people we spoke to were inspired by John and his perspective on what classrooms should look like.
Bergmann believes educators should ask one guiding question:
What is best for my students in my classroom?
Watch John in action in this short video on how John has answered this question through the act of Flipping Your Classroom!
We recently attended EduTech 2014 held in Brisbane from June 2-4th; arguably the largest education conference in Australia with over 5,000 attendees and more than 300 exhibitors.
While we have been in product development over the last 18 months co-creating myEd with teachers across Australia, myEd has only been available as part of a limited private beta – but this all changed at EduTech 2014.
We officially launched myEd for public use.
AND WE WERE BLOWN AWAY BY THE RESPONSE.
Our fundamental design philosphy at myEd is to co-create with teachers and students technology solutions to real world challenges they experience in the classroom – as after all, teachers and students (and not us) are the experts!
As a result over the last couple of years we’ve become a frequent visitor at the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) based out of Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) in Sydney, Australia whose team, led by Stephen Collis, the Director of Innovation have played a central role in shaping and co-creating myEd App.
What do SCIL do?
SCIL started out as the research and innovation unit at NBCS and now run a range of future-focused professional development programs and research projects that seek to transform educational thinking and practice at NBCS and in the wider educational community.
And, we’re excited to announce that..
We’re partnering with SCIL to launch “The NBCS Way – Lessons Learned in 4 Years of BYOD” PD Course at EduTech 2014
Steve Collis and the team at SCIL over the last couple of weeks have been working closely with us to develop an amazing professional development course for Principals, Senior School Leadership, ICT Integrators and Teachers that shares the lessons learned by NBCS on their journey to making their vision of “every child engaged a reality” and successfully implementing a 1 to 1 technology program.
What will the course cover?
We’re super pumped to announce that in partnership with the Centre of New Public Education we are running EduHack, Australia’s first hackathon focused on education!
What is a hackathon you ask?
Hackathons have taken the world by storm over the last couple of years as a way to spark innovation and develop creative technology solutions for real world problems.
Initially however these hackathon events weren’t focused on a specific sector or issue – rather they were as Google defines, simply a large number of people engaging in collaborative computer programming, seeing what they could build across a single weekend.
Often they were run by technology companies, either start ups on a burning deadline, or internally as a tool for recruitment by companies like Facebook (see the clip from the Social Network movie here).
The model of a hackathon has changed considerably however from this early focus as the potential of hackathons for iginiting collaboration, innovation and a community (as well encouraging high levels of productivity in a short period of time) has been realized and recognized over the last 15 or so years.
Now globally, the model of what a hackathon is has shifted taking it’s core of bringing together a large group to collaborate across a weekend and applying it a range of different contexts, sectors, industries and challenges.
Each year Anthill Magazine selects the Top 100 Australian Innovations as part of it’s ‘SMART 100′ Index that was developed to identify and rank Australia’s 100 most innovative products, proving to be one of the largest surveys of its kind in Australia.
And drum roll… this year myEd App has been named one of the Top 100 Australian Innovations for 2014!
You can read the full article on being selected in the Top 100 here.
We’ve also been short-listed for the Vivid Ideas Readers’ Choice, as part of Anthill’s SMART 100 Innovations for 2014.
Vote for us (by liking/tweeting the article) if you want to see one size fits all classrooms disappear 🙂
Thanks for all your support!