Stile is not just a digital workbook - we’re a community of teachers and education professionals with enthusiasm for excellence in eLearning. That’s why we started our Stile Learning Community workshops, designed to bring the community together to exchange imaginative ideas around using Stile.
Here is a quick recap of our second Stile Learning Community workshop.
iLearning coach Ray Nashar delivered the day’s keynote presentation on web-based tools enhancing student learning in a technologically-advancing world. Ray hit home with his concept of recording and sharing students’ thinking whereby digital platforms are used to communicate thinking processes.
The audience shared their thoughts on the Stile discussion board:
As educators of young students we have an obligation to guide and sometimes learn WITH them using the many varied contemporary tools. - Michelle Hinds
[There are] many ways to use technology, we just need tools to best do that. - George Aranda
Damian Perry has a knack for fun in the classroom. Following on from Luke Skehan’s presentation on gamified classrooms at SLC 1, Damian engaged attendees by splitting them into super-villain groups where each group was tasked to complete a unique set of evil activities. The presentation showcased Stile’s newest feature - the class differentiation tool. This was a great example of how Stile’s features can be interpreted and used in creative ways.
Professional Practice Coordinator, Brendan Leane spoke on improving student engagement. He shared some clever ways to use Stile and invited his own students to mingle with the attendees and demonstrate how they use Stile in the classroom. Brendan also showed us his case-study on exclusively using Stile to teach Year 10 PE. The results were fantastic; their work output increased by 30%.
Inspired by some of the great educators of today, Paul Sharp delivered his thoughts on how augmenting worksheets can enhance memory and learning.
If we create learning experiences for students, outcomes will be remembered long after 3:30pm.
Paul shared the teaching philosophy at St Agatha’s Catholic Primary School and gave suggestions on how to make the best use of Stile. Just some of his suggestions were to encourage use of the discussion board, share teacher resources through the Stile library and use the project space to give students the opportunity to present their learning in the ways that make most sense to them.
Stile’s Regional Manager Kate Williamson is a teacher turned Stilist. She shared practical tips for helping to build beautiful and comprehensive digital learning portfolios.
To round off the day, Stile’s Education Expert, Daniel Pikler, gave attendees a special sneak peak at Stile’s latest work-in-progress in a presentation called “Analysing Analytics”. We can’t tell you too much about it just yet, but we think you’re going to like it.