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I am scheduling this entry to coincide with the end of my talk in the Philippines this morning.

My Google Slides deck is available online.

Keynote cover slide.

First, some background.

I was approached to deliver this talk two weeks ago. By the time the contract document was finalised, I had just six days to prepare the slide deck.

This was a very short runway because I normally work with partners who contact me three to six months, or even a year, in advance. I can recall only one other similar late request. In both these cases, I either knew someone well or had worked with the organiser before.

I wrote earlier that I prefer the “stewing” method of preparation. This gives me time and space to make changes based on more current information I find. I agreed to help even though this was an “instant noodle” request only because I had delivered similar talks before.

Despite the short runway, I decided to challenge myself by using my own visual design approach, refreshing old content, and incorporating new information. This meant very quick and intense work, but very little rehearsal.

As with all talks, I struggled during preparation to decide how much content to include. I decided to remove three of four broad topics, but left the content in the slide deck just in case they came up during the Q&A.

Now, a bit of history. This is the fourth year in a row that I have been invited by a group in the Philippines.

  • 2013: Keynote for Philippine eLearning Society
  • 2014: Plenary for Policy Governance and Capacity Building Conference
  • 2015: Keynote for De La Salle University
  • 2016: GenYo Innovation Summit by DIWA, Philippines (partner of Marshall Cavendish, Singapore)

None of these visits were by my design. They were a result of doing good work, making connections, and maintaining a constant online presence.

Finally, a strategy. I share as openly as I can. If there is a contract, I ask that the resources I prepare be shared under a Creative Commons license. I stipulate this in every proposal document I prepare.
 
CC information in my slides.
 
This practice does at least two important things. It keeps my resources searchable and accessible online, and it encourages my partners to rethink their closed practices. It is my small way of promoting open-minded and open-practised changes in educational technology.

I am preparing for a keynote speech that I will deliver next week in the Philippines. I have been asked to share some thoughts about building 21st century competencies (21CCs).

My plan is to ask my audience to tell me what they think 21CCs are. I anticipate that they will provide answers that are similar to any Googleable framework. Once such framework is MOE’s “Swiss roll”.

I will not recommend that my audience bite into the roll wholly and uncritically. After all, our contexts, readiness, and mindsets might be different.

 The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

My sources

Instead I will outline three basic approaches based on a quote from Alvin Toffler. I will then suggest what they might need to do in education by learning, unlearning, and relearning.

I am probably going to ruffle some feathers because I am straying from “model” answers. But that is what one organiser expressed as the main reason for inviting me to speak. If you are going through so much trouble to fly me over, why worry about some lost plumage? What century are we living in?

This is my concluding slide in a plenary talk I am giving for the Policy, Governance and Capacity Building teachers’ conference in the Philippines. By the time you read this, I will be enroute to Manila. After a good night’s rest, I present tomorrow afternoon before flying back later that evening.

My concluding message to the Filipino teachers is that they must understand their students, learn from them, and even be like them before they can begin to teach them.

I still think that talks are necessary evils. They may be good at creating awareness and inspiring people, but they are not good at ensuring meaningful learning or sustained action. Talks are like hit-and-runs in that sense.

What matters is the aftercare. Often the ones hit are left to their own devices. Sometimes they are given some form of support or guidance. Rarely is this support or guidance sustained.

It is not enough to reach out to people for change. They may find your message inspiring and buy in. Ideally they take ownership of the change processes.

But I have found that if you are not there over a sustained period, the change efforts peter out. You must also be there to nurture and teach. That is what I am basing my consulting services on once I leave NIE.

I have about a week to go before I fly to the Philippines on an ICT mission.

I have learnt that teachers from about 400 schools will attend my session. This means that there might be about a thousand people in attendance.

I have been told by organizers to deliver a talk. I have been told to keep the examples simple.

I could give the organizers what they want. Instead, I aim on giving the teachers what they need. This might mean helping them see/hear what they do not want to see/hear.

Instead of a lecture, I will start with a story. Instead of just telling I am going to take a risk and get them to do several activities whether they have their smartphones or not.

It is going to look messy and it is likely to get noisy. But I am confident that I can organize the chaos and manage the productive noise.

I am going to try to create a beehive. I am planning to create a buzz, and like biologists who have studied bees, there will be clear compartments of productive activity even if the untrained eye does not detect it.

I am also going to shake the hive. I plan on creating enough cognitive dissonance so that the teachers fly out their comfort zones.

But I hope that is as far as the hive analogy goes. I hope not to get stung too badly in the process!

Hot on the heels of a local seminar talk I did yesterday comes a gig in the Philippines at the end of May.

This request came on rather short notice, but I had to help. This is my title slide for now.

According to the documentation I have been provided, the Policy, Governance and Capacity Building (PGCB) programme is jointly run by Ateneo De Manila University, the Department of Education, Philippines, and Singapore’s Temasek Foundation.

The #edsg group has been generous with their ideas. I hope to share some simple, significant, and sustainable ideas with Filipino teachers who wish to leverage on technology.


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