D4AL at iNET in Melbourne and then Outdoor Learning Adelaide

A great sense of purpose and an open sharing of ideas well done all. During this workshop we pioneered the use of tracing paper as a formative feedback tool grid exchange tool and the scanning of notes to make a PDF booklet
See it iNETd4al
The Active Learning World Tour is going well. Some delegate feedback from John’s Thursday 14th October 2010 Melbourne Designs4ActiveLearning seminar
“A rich and purposeful session. I loved the hands on activity. Will take away the ideas from today and use them to support active learning with my students. So many ideas that really could be used purposefully and shared easily with colleagues – thoroughly enjoyable thank you. This was excellent for me as technology is out of my comfort zone. Keeps abreast of student interest”
“John is a highly engaging workshop presenter, prepared to ‘go with the flow” To view a Wordle tm of his seminar follow the link and get creative
http://bit.ly/b19H9p
Update: “John is presenting at the National SSAT conference in Birmingham, UK in November and we trust it won’t be too long before we see him back in Australia.”
“Having the opportunity to be part of yesterday’s session with you was so affirming and stimulating, thank you!”
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Adelaide Monday 18th October 2010 Outdoor Learning Day
Bridgewater School in Bridgewater Adelaide
Helped 8 year olds to map their own wonderful school grounds and link stories to places
Amazing grounds eucalptus gums their own garden chickens and students cook and eat produce
see some of their fantastic mapping sketches – favourite school chicken and the new berry patch!
http://bit.ly/9Cr6Nh
“We made a beautiful Wordle tm. We wish you were our teacher!’
Love from Deb and Sue

October – Month of the treevids?

Wandering around the wonderful steamy Singapore Botanical Gardens in early October got me thinking that it’s a great time of year to capture some images or video of your favourite tree. It also got me thinking how 11 seedlings of rubber tree could be sent here from South America via Kew in UK in the 1850s and simple propogation could lead to half of Malaysia and the peninsula being planted and a rubber trade established – but that’s another scalability blog post (coming soon) Whether you are in spring in the southern hemisphere or in autumn or fall in the northern why not aim to take a 7 second look at your favourite tree from Friday October 15th – the aim is to crowdsource and share the videos via a Google form. Who knows it could become a yearly event. No rules just keep it short it could be a video with a voiceover or a series of stills from PhotoStory, iMovie etc – a bit of local ambient sound wouldn’t hurt. Once you have your video post it on the web at the place of your choice and add the details, some notes on properties and uses (if you know of them)  and the URL of the video to this Google form (http://bit.ly/treevidform) . I  will make up a series of thumbnails as  a front end (once I remember the site that allows it) As the list grows you can see it here as a Google Spreadsheet (http://bit.ly/treevidlist)
Update 16th October
Some lovely examples have come in and I’m beginning to think we should make it a month long project October month of the treevids?
Here is my first (unedited )  go – the Gutta Percha – a tree that provides natural latex – was used to cover telegraph wires in the 1850s and fill teeth. Let’s use the #treevids as a Twitter tag? Of course you don’t have to wait till Friday – early contributions welcome 🙂

And here is a “Flames of the Forest”

workshops on offer

Here are the main workshop titles that we are running at the moment – these can be combined with either the Permission Slips for the Future or the Old Learning New Tools keynotes

Digital Technologies – Occupy the hand and free the mind – 1.7
simple strategies to make learners active with New Tools

This workshop will provide a hands-on chance to  break free of the chair and explore some new learning using a variety of resources and activities . The workshop will also feature the use of John’s “Learning Event Generator” and delegates will be given access to their own copy to continue work back at base. This session will allow staff to enjoy their own learning curves and suggest we might manage innovation and still have a social life!

Active Learning in a World of Difference 1.6
“We have to get it right or history will judge us harshly.”
In this session John will explore the potential of “hitting the media shift key” as an approach to powerful learning opportunities. He will also note the dangers  that await if we fail to mediate, manage and extend student use of new tools.

John’s Pebble Feedback

“John gets you ready for the future…… in a very non-threatening way”
• keynotes • workshops • standup for learning events

“John Davitt prevents you wasting money on resources that will not help learning  and helps you focus on the tools & activities that make a difference”
•strategic reports • pragmatic action plans •senior team mentoring, briefings & awaydays

“You got us learning by doing so the “mists of uncertainty” quickly cleared”
•active learning with new tools • deeper group learning •mobile learning made manageable

“John you changed what I did the next morning in class – thank you”
• feedback as an artform •learning score “lesson choreography” •notebooking

“He didn’t just lecture us he also let us explore for ourselves and then left us with free tools to continue work in the classroom”
• learning event generator • 300 ways to show what you know lists • 4 word feedback grids • etymology tools

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“learning is a dance but sometimes we forget the music”

the offer

#freelearning John’s new method

wait till you see it sideways :)

see the future clearly

"John prevents you wasting money on resources that will not help learning  and helps you focus on the tools

& activities that make a difference"

( Doha, December 2010)

•strategic reports

• pragmatic action plans

•senior team mentoring, briefings & awaydays

Powerful Learning tools

Challenges that get you making and learning outside your comfort zone. The aim is to nudge you deeper in your understanding by having to explain something in a new way – brain numbing challenges for groups – because we have this theory that in the setting of activities we expect much too much from individuals and way too little from groups. The design of learning activities is often an afterthought - we need to turn it into art form – in the classroom – or the boardroom.The first iteration of the Learning Event Generator is curated here along with long hyperlinked wordlists for the component challenges.   Editable versions are also available from us.

John talks learning score


Hello welcome to our  blog from John Davitt that pulls together all that we do and allows us to tell you about our work and current  projects . All views and ideas are our own and the only commercial services mentioned are those we have tried and tested. Treat the contents of this blog as a series of permission slips for the future. BETT 2017 saw the launch of John’s Six Principles

If you want to enquire about booking John for an event in 2017/18  click here for the enquiry page

John Davitt is a teacher, inventor, broadcaster and digital toolmaker. He has worked in the international education sector for the last twenty-five years and is a specialist at cutting through the mystique to assess the practical potential of new resources. John has worked alongside teachers in schools in UK, Africa, USA and China and he is committed to levelling the playing field regarding access to new learning opportunities.

  • “I have known John Davitt for many years and respect him as someone who has probably influenced and excited more teachers about the potential for ICT as a tool for active learning than anyone else I have met over my 37 years as an education professional. Stephen Heppell wrote this about him recently. “John is one of those rare folk who I could listen to over and over and over again, constantly discovering something fresh about learning in this new Millennium. Somehow John’s mind has merged and absorbed the playfulness of children and the reflection of great practitioners. What he says is grounded in common sense, inspired by vision and just flippin’ reaffirming to hear.”  I’d echo all of that.”  Steve Moss

Davitt is the author of the book “New Tools for Learning” (2008) a practical guide as to how to make the technology fit the learning need, and WordRoot an interactive CD guide to words and their etymology. In 2008 he also invented and developed “The Learning Score”  a visual tool that maps out and shares learning intentions as a graphical event – rather like a music score.

His latest project is the  Learning Event Generator and “the LEG” – an interactive learning tool for mobile devices where you literally shake up a learning challenge.

John’s most recent work with education centred around “Designs for active and affordable learning” (D4AL). As well as work with individual governments and consortia John took D4AL on the road as an Active Learning Roadshow.

In his keynotes & training sessions John champions a pragmatic and realistic view of the new technology revolution. His approach is one that fuses intermediate and advanced technology approaches/where we keep the best of past practice and augment it with the benefits that new tools have to offer.