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With over 550 participants from 36 countries, the 21st Century Learning Conference is the event of choice for those who want to come together to learn, share and discuss current & emerging topics in education. With a strong focus on the impact of technology on learning and teaching, the event blends together inspirational keynotes, practitioner led workshop sessions, plus fun professional sharing and networking opportunities.


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Friday, March 10 • 12:50 - 13:50
Keynote: The Future of Learning
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The 'Global Curriculum Project’ began in 2004 and the research initially created a scientific model for how the brain learns. This emerging model was then trialed in schools in Dubai, Australia and New Zealand over the last 12 years. The iterations and refinements of the model has resulted in the creation of a new framework for how we may design curriculum to be more efficient, effective and relevant for learners across the globe.

Download the introduction to the book - The Future of Learning -  http://bit.ly/2ko62xC 

Curricula have historically described the subjects and the content that needs to be studied and tested but that notion is changing and emerging curricula is now addressing the capabilities and understanding that learners now need to become independent lifelong learners within an increasingly complex and technological world.

We have identified six domains that curriculum should now encompass and the diagram briefly describes these pairs of domains.

  1. School leadership and staff having clarity surrounding the purpose of school as a rationale for the transition in our focus to establishing learning as being central to our purpose.
  2. A focus on increasing the agency of the learner over their learning, which is underpinned by the competencies.
  3. The shift in how we view intelligence based on how the brain learns and how well we can apply the resulting optimal Learning Process.
  4. Understanding the role of technology and creating learning environments that are purposely optimised for learning and the application of the Learning Process.
  5. Assessment of educator practice using the Action Learning Process and applying
    formative assessment processes to assess the learner's learning.
  6. Implementing concept-based competencies and ‘learning areas’ that are focussed on building conceptual understanding, and creatively applying that understanding to be innovative and ingenious.

This emerging framework is designed to meet the needs of learners in this century while at the same time reducing educator workloads to levels that are sustainable. The development of the competencies that enables learners to take increasing agency over their learning, the application of the micro-lesson and the implementation of a conceptual curriculum all contribute to a reduction in educator workloads.

The first of the four resources in this series is completed and entitled ’The Future of Learning' and two additional resources will be released in April 2017 (the Global Competencies’) and following this, the ‘Global Conceptual Framework’ (each of the seven traditional curriculum areas mapped conceptually across 5 developmental levels) will be released in October.

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Mark Treadwell

Chief Executive Officer, The Paradigm Shift

Friday March 10, 2017 12:50 - 13:50

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