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The Global Educator, by Julie Lindsay

Hello Everyone,

Great keynote from Rushton Hurley.   Fabulous presentation and conversation.

Keynote Recording

Please have a listen and share your thoughts.  There are a lot of ideas here for video creation and collaboration among students around the world of all ages.  Think about the power of feedback from an authentic global audience.  The possibilities are endless and all students have something to contribute.  Take a risk!  Be creative!  Thank you to Rushton for such an inspiring conversation!

Check out the meeting slides as well.

Start a conversation here.  Please watch and respond.  We would all love to hear what you think.

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I found this video to be extremely interesting.  I liked the way Rushton Hurley explained that students need to explore to learn new things, and that there are many different ways they can put together their ideas.  I love the ideas he brings to make "good" work not just "good enough" and all of the ways you can improve your work. By explaining how to make interesting questions and making your projects excellent, with connections and meaning are important things to keep in mind while working on the FCGP projects!

This was a really thought-provoking webinar.  It was pretty interesting to hear Rushton Hurley point out what students and teachers can improve upon.  I find it to be very true that students look at assignments and have only one goal in mind: get it done.  We just want our work to be good enough for our teachers a lot of the time.  I'm not saying people don't always do their work for themselves and try to make it really cool and interesting; I'm saying that we just don't do that enough.  Like Hurley said, a big part of this is wanting to make something good for ourselves and others to see.  I also strongly agree with the three ways to approach a project: for excellence, for connections, and for meaning.  With these three goals in mind, the idea of work would not carry such a heavy load on students minds'.  Everyone should be proud of their work and always try to make something interesting out of the new, however our educators all need to give us an avenue to do so.  I am really glad I listened to this and am able to be involved in such a project.

I found many things that Rushton Hurley talked about very interesting, and agreed with many of his ideas. I liked the idea of his button theory. Basically he explained how a younger person is more likely to push a button before they find out what it does, compared to an older person who will probably want to find out what the button does first. He explained how there are positives to both sides. Obviously, it is more sensible to know what something does before you use it, but there is a sense of fun and curiosity that encompasses the younger person's choices. You will never know what the button does if you don't push it. He went on to explain how in whatever you are doing in life, it is important to enjoy what you are doing because the results will be much better. He then made a very true point that students tend to make their work just good enough for their teachers, but when they are doing something they know other people will see, or something they are interested in and enjoy, the quality of work tends to be much better. That is why a project like this FCGP project is such a good idea for students to take part in, because when there are more people from different perspectives involves, students tend to WANT to make their work GOOD, not just good enough. A project like this allows students to share their work with a broader audience of people and allows them to get feedback from more people so that they can further improve their own work and knowledge. 

Hi Trisha - I'd like to quote you in future talks. You added to DK's (not my) Button Theory the note that "You will never know what the button does if you don't push it." That observation opens up a new line if ideas on how we sometimes keep ourselves from opportunities by overthinking them. Great insight.

Rushton Hurley's video was intriguing. He is very intelligent, and came up with wonderful ways to share his appreciation for knowledge. He made many very good points, such as talking about the English artist who put a new perspective on wheelchairs, and talking about children pressing buttons versus adults pressing buttons. Additionally, he discussed how students know how to put in as little effort as possible in their schoolwork, but work hard on things that will be seen by people other than teachers. This gave me a whole new perspective on the FCGP project. 

Hi Emily - the ten-minute TED talk from Sue Austin (the English artist) is very much worth watching. A good question to work with is why she wore a dress while using her scuba-wheelchair. Is she making a point about something? Expressing her personality? Both?

Out of the numerous subjects that Rushton Hurley spoke about, what I found especially interesting was his beliefs that students should be improving their assignments by making them truly engrossing and as "fun" as possible. Hurley's theories include not just completing assignments, however, finishing tasks with pride and satisfaction in which students should want the whole world to see. He encourages teachers and students to want to do their work with excellence and creativity, rather than just to get it out of the way. Rushton Hurley believes that schoolwork should not be a chore, but an assignment that should be taken on wholeheartedly, and completed with fascination and the desire to learn. 

This audio was really enlightening and interesting! The part that stuck out the most to me was the button. I agree with the theory that a kid would just push a button, and that an adult would investigate the button first. I'm an impulsive person, and I'm a kid, so that applies to me. It also opened up my eyes to my work ethic. When Rushton Hurley was talking about how most people only make their work good enough for their teachers, I realized how much I could relate to this. I usually follow the instructions, but don't go above and beyond. I also liked that he emphasized making your work the best it can be, and that if you like what you're working on, you're likely to do better. I find that the subjects I like the most usually have the highest grades in my report card. My parents always emphasize trying to find the best thing about a subject, and focusing on it to have better work. Overall, I'm very happy that I listened to this, and I think that this project is going to be very interesting.

I was astounded at the Button Theory. An idea that children, when they see a button press and then learn what it does, and adults wonder what the button does and press the button. This theory is astoundingly truthful. Of course, both these ideas hold their own merit, but they each complement each other differently. Each with their own pros and cons. The most important part of this idea, I think, is that students and teachers both must work as a team to have both each other to succeed. This was the first time I heard an approach like this.

I also like Mr. Hurley's quote, "When students know others will see their work, they make it good. When it's just for the teacher, they want it to be good enough." Maybe if students were able to make projects for other students the quality of the presentations would be better. Who knows? There are many different approaches to teaching such as global projects (like this one) or flipping the classroom (something my math teacher did last year where she gave us homework during school and classwork at home). After all, there's no right way to teach as long as the student learns. 

I thought that this video by Rushton Hurley was amazing, interesting, and well done.  He told many ways students, and teachers can improve on their work.  Usually, people automatically blame the student for mistakes, but he knows that teachers could make mistakes too.  I also liked the idea to improve upon your work, and not just hand in what was assigned.  For example, if you need at least 100 words in an essay, go the extra mile and write a 200 word essay. He also says that homework should not be a chore, but more like a way to lean your material.  I agree and disagree with this statement.  I agree because you should'n rush through homework just to get it done.  You should take your time and learn the homework as you do it so that you are prepared for upcoming assessments.  I disagree with this because sometimes, teachers feel too powerful and assign an exorbitant amount of homework.  When teachers do this, you could get a lack of sleep, and this is not good for your health.  That is why, in some cases, even I rush through homework so that I can get at least seven hours of sleep a night.  He also says that the strategies that a teacher inherits does not matter, as long as the student leans.  I 100% agree with this statement.  Some teachers try to use different strategies of teaching to "mix it up."  But in some cases, mixing the lesson plans up might not be the right way of teaching.  For example, my teacher last year made a different formatted quiz every time.  This led to confusion because I never knew what material I had to study for the quiz.  I believe that as long as the point gets across, teachers should stick to their lesson plans.  I will keep these strategies in mind.  I will note to excel in all of my upcoming projects from now on.

Hi Zachary - style points to you for exploring the complexity of the ideas! If you have teachers who are assigning too much work, then you have to be creative in how you and your classmates seek to work with that teacher. Perhaps you could cut a deal where you guys promise a certain level of quality with one assignment, rather than simply trying to finish two or three assignments. The key is to show that what is being taught is something you're able to master and take in creative directions. If that's happening, the amount of work may not matter very much.

Rushton Hurley's webinar was very intriguing. I can tell he is a very intelligent man full of great ideas. I enjoyed listening to his perspectives on certain topics, and found many of them to be very true and thought provoking. For example, the button theory was very interesting with me. “Kids” are in the mind frame that they will push a button to see what it does, while “adults” will examine a button thoroughly to think about what it does, before trying it out. These are both two completely different outlooks on the world, and they’re both great, having their pros, and then on the other hand their cons. This made me think about the way I do things, and from what I’ve observed about my self, I go with the adult and child aspect of this. As for many of my peers, the child aspect is true. Along with this, I also found his quote, “When students know others will see their work, they want it to be good. When it’s just for the teacher, they want it to be good enough” very thought provoking and unfortunately true in most circumstances.

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