We are very fortunate that the marvellous and witty Steve Wheeler (also known as @Timbuckteeth on Twitter!) will be our closing keynote speaker of the day! Read below to find out a little bit more about Steve and his views about moving on education…
Q1. What will be the aim and focus of your keynote at Moving On Education?
Because I’m scheduled to be the last up – what is that, the capstone?? – I have decided to look forward and speak about the futures of education. I say futures, because they are plural. There are many possible futures for education, depending on the foresight and vision of leaders, the resilience and willingness of teachers to take risks and adopt new approaches to education, and whatever government we have next!
Q2. What is your current job and where are you based?
My current role is Associate professor in learning technology at Plymouth Institute of Education, where I’m responsible for leading the ICT/Computing and Science teams, but not for much longer. I’ll be launching out as an independent consultant (whatever that is) is the autumn, and will be available for weddings, bar mitzvahs and parties.
Q3. Who are you looking forward to seeing at Moving On Education 2017?
Everything. Just as soon as I can get there up the A38.
Q4. How do you think education has moved on in recent years?
I see three fundamental changes in my own sector – the adoption of mobile technologies by all of my students (and I mean all), the increasing personalisation of learning through these tools, and a more richly social context for all learning, whether face to face or via online tools. We are incorporating social media into our main lectures and seminars, and there is no paper changing hands now – it’s all managed through Moodle. This brings with it a number of challenges as well as benefits for learners and teachers alike – which is something I will address in my speech.
Q5. How do you think education can move on even further?
I see the same happening for some time. There will be new technologies, especially wearables, augmented and virtual reality being used in some spaces, but generally, not much will change in the next few years in terms of school infrastructures. The most important advance will be in new and emerging pedagogies – makerspaces, Fab Labs and other active (learning by making) environments will be on the increase, and I also predict a reduction in the use of ICT suites, because computing can now be done anywhere and everywhere.
Q6. Finally, as Moving On Education is the premier teaching, learning and leadership conference in the Southwest, what is your favourite thing about the area?
I was born in the South West and although I only came back when I was an adult, it is my home. It’s God’s own country (don’t listen to t’Yorkshiremen), and Devon is the place where it all happens. It was the home of several previous monster events, including Like Minds and my own Pelecon conference that ran between 2003 and 2013, and is a hot bed for education activism. The quality of life down here is second to none, and wherever I travel in the world (and that is more often than the Foreign Secretary) I always love to return to the Westcountry.
Thank you Steve. You can get your tickets for Moving On Education here.