uLearn18 keynote video presentations
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If you missed out on uLearn, don't worry, here you'll find the full keynote presentations hosted in EDtalks. Please feel free to share with others in your networks.

Tō reo ki te raki, tō mana ki te whenua (49 minutes)

Let your story be heard in the heavens and your mana be restored to the land. If that is achieved capability will be achieved. 

Dr Hana O'Regan, keynote speaker at uLearn18, begins by describing the importance of hearing stories of resilience, survival, innovation and tenacity as a child, and how they fed her pride in her Ngāi Tahu identity. She points out that these stories, "the history of a country and its people told from Māori eyes and from Māori tongues", have rarely found equal voice in the classrooms and academia. She describes how has resulted in children in the education system left with the effect of history, but often not enlightened as to the cause. Hana believes that if our cultural belief as learners is not first rectified by providing the content that specifically addresses the inaccuracies and gaps in our history then we are unlikely to see the kind of shift that is required to change the educational statistics that we have been experiencing for over 70 years now.

If you don’t lead with small data, you’ll be led by Big Data (51 minutes)


Pasi Sahlberg has worked as a school teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems, analysed education policies, and advised education reforms around the world. In his uLearn18 keynote Pasi describes how learning analytics, algorithms and big data are knocking on the doors of many schools promising fast improvements and new solutions to wicked problems facing schools today. In the midst of datafication, Pasi says educators need to remember the power of small data: tiny clues through personal observations, collective human judgment, and raw instinct that can lead to big change in schools. He believes that leading with small data requires collaboration, trust and professionalism as key features of educational change.

Preparing the next generation for the algorithmic age (43 minutes)


Futurist Mike Walsh believes the really important aspect of contemplating likely futures, is not so much when technology changes, but when people change. He says it is critical that we think about the role of education in building the society of the future, and the generation we should be paying attention to are the very young, who intuitively understand the use of technology and who will grow up with a very different perspective on the future. Mike emphasises the value of combining problem solving with solutions, as the workforce of the future will require the dual ability to understand the essence of a problem, as well as the tools, techniques and platforms available to them.

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