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2020 Vision: What should education look like in the year 2020?


On Friday 12th of June 2009 we are holding an unconference on this theme.

To quote from John Connell's Blog:

"If you want to attend an informal, congenial, stimulating event in an amazing location with brilliant and insightful people (including you, of course), then pop along to the Education2020 UNCONFERENCE wiki and get your name on the list.

Not only will you be able to enjoy a great educational debate and discussion, you will also be travelling to one of the most beautiful places in Scotland.

And please don’t feel either that you must have an abiding interest in all-things-techie (if it were that kind of event, I for one would not have signed up) or, indeed, that you need to be an educationist. The focus will be very much on education, but every perspective is important, whether parent, teacher, academic, education manager, or just an interested observer from whatever quarter! "

The day will be held jointly in Islay High School and Bowmore Distillery's warehouse 4 (Training Bar) and the adjoining garden.

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View over Bowmore


Attendants


Interested in attending? Just add your name below. In order for us to try to arrange some deals for accommodation, it would be extremely helpful if you could confirm in the last column. If you are unsure, then that's fine, just let us know when you know for sure!:

Name
From
Twitter
Definitely
attending?
Y/N
Ian Stuart
Islay High School
IslayIan
Y
Andy Wallis
Islay High School
andywallis
Y
Alan Stewart
Coming independently.
atstewart
Y Th or Fri - Sun
Theo Kuechel
Moniaive & Otley
theokk
Y thur-sun
Andrew Brown
Learning and Teaching Scotland
whereisab
Yes
Andy Black
Becta
andyjb
no but following
Ollie Bray
Learning and Teaching Scotland
olliebray
Yes
John Connell
Cisco Systems
JConnell
Yes - Thur to Sat
Jaye Richards
Cathkin High School
jayerichards
Y Fri -Sat. coming from Glas&space in car for 2
David Muir
Jordanhill, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
DavidDMuir
Curses! Can't get to any of it now. :-(
Hilery Williams
East Lothian Council

Y; Thurs - Sun.
Katie Barrowman
Learning and Teaching Scotland
katiebarrowman
Y
Sean McDougall
Stakeholder Design


Krysia Smyth
Design and Technology teacher working for the SQA
krysiaS
Y
Alan Parkinson
Geographical Association Curriculum Development Leader (Secondary)
GeoBlogs
Y
David Noble
Hillside School, Aberdour
Parslad
Y
Andrew Watt
The Rectory School, Connecticut
ABWatt

Doug Semple
The High School of Glasgow
ictmaverick

Con Morris
National CPD Team
cpdscotsman
Y
Robert Squires
University of Montana
Cleanup Contractor
robertisquires

Ben Plouviez
Scottish Government (personal capacity!)
BenPlouviez

Noel Jenkins
Court Fields Community School
noeljenkins
Y
Stuart Meldrum
Hawick High School, Scottish Borders
stuartmeldrum
Y
Alistair Mooney
BBC Scotland Learning
alimony
Y
Lynda Macdonald
Lloyds Pharmacy / interest in Tarbert Academy

Y
Armin Grewe
Blogger, citizen, school volunteer
islayblog
Y
Bob Hill
Dundee City Council but in personal capacity
robthill
Y
John Cuthell
MirandaNet
johncuthell
Wed-Mon
Bruce Murray
RM


Stephanie Disbury
Thurso High School
SDisbury
Y
Martyn Ware
Scottish Qualifications Authority
MartynJWare
Y
Jane Hollin
Quest (Learning & Development)
jehollin
Yes Thurs - Sunday
John Daly
Primary Teacher, East Dunbartonshire.
dalzinho

Maureen Park
English Teacher, Glasgow

Y
J Arrol
Teacher
jarrol
Yes
Val Vannet
High School of Dundee
ValVannet

Robert Jones
North Berwick High School
jonesieboy
Yes
Steven Grier
Microsoft

Yes
David Gilmour
East Lothian Education
dgilmour
Yes
Alan Britton
Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow

Yes
John McTaggart
Modernityscotland
Best Book Series

Yes. Arriving Thursday afternoon. Anyone care to join me for 18 holes at Machrie around 4.30pm?
2 locals can join you for a round after 4-30 Be careful though they are sharks.
Call the school, ask for me and we'll set it up. John (if its you) I won't be at the conference now. The clutch in my car went on my way home last night. RAC took me home and my car is in a garage. Really disappointed as I had booked my accom, set time aside and was really keen to come along. Hopefully there will be another 20/20 next year. Hope you have a great conference. John San Diego Internet Marketing
Gordon Brown
Scottish Qualifications Authority
gbrown057@aol.com
Yes Thu-Sat Lochside
Robert Grant
Argyll & Bute Council

Yes
Angela Grant
HT Tighnabruaich PS

Yes
Caroline Stuart
Port Charlotte PS
Bath and Beauty Center
Yes
Frank Crawford
HMIe

Yes
John Heffernan
NCTE (but under own steam)
johnmayo
Yes- confirmed travel details
Lynne Horn
Tobermory High School
lynnehorn
Def if I can sort out accommodation + ferrie
Alan Beresford
Islay HS Best book series

Yes
Janice MacRea
Port Ellen PS
wedding photographers in Miami
Yes
Anna Rossvoll
Aberdeenshire Council
How to Hypnotize Someone

Yes
Derek Robertson
LTScotland

Yes
Liz Cunningham
Islay HS

Yes
John Redpath
Islay HS

Yes
Mike Senior
Islay resident

Yes
Marian Senior
Islay HS

Yes
Louise Jones
Attending as little old me!
goodonskis
Yes Fri, Sat & Sun!
Julia Fenby
Learning and Teaching Scotland
juliafenby
Yes









Possible Structure for the Day

As we are ruled by the heartbeat of transport links therefore, the structure of the day is also ruled by this. What this means is that there are several possible arrival times. This means that we proposing 3 possible levels of involvement.


Methods of transport
Arrival time
Positives
Negatives
Flight in Glasgow on thursday
6PM
Get time to enjoy Islay
Extra nights accomodation
7AM ferry, Kennacraig
9-15AM
Get to take part in the whole day
Leave Glasgow at 4AM
8-20AM Flight, Glasgow
9AM
Get to take part in the whole day
Can be expensive
9-45AM Ferry, Kennacraig
12-30PM
Not as early a start from Glasgow, 7AM
You'll miss seeing a full tour of the school
2PM Flight
2-30PM
Cheapest Flight
You'll miss most of the school activities
12-50 Ferry
3PM
No Early start
You'll miss all the school activities

Therefore it is proposed that the timetable of the day will look something like this:

Time
Activity
10am
Tour of Islay High School, witnessing the implementation of ICT across the curriculum and the roll out of UMPCs. Also how IHS has removed the age and stage restrictions from certificated courses.
1pm
Lunch.
2pm
Participation in various programmes within the informal curriculum that takes place in IHS OR people go and book in Accom get to see a little of the island
3.30pm
Tours of Bowmore distillery. In groups of 12
5pm - late
Education 2020 Unconference

Structure of the Unconference



After much discussion both in real life and virtually through Twitter, we have decided to opt for a Knowledge Cafe format. We feel that this will ensure that everyone has a voice and that everyone will get heard. It will also mean that the unconference will be carried out through conversation rather than a form of show and tell! At present we have 40 people who have confirmed that they will be in attendance and we aim that this should constitute 5 groups.

We have gone through what folk have posted on the message wall and we feel that the below areas of interest should cover what people wish to discuss:
  • Assessment
  • Future Spaces
  • Learning for All
  • Relevance of Skills

As a starting point, these themes will be addressed by asking the following questions:

What do we want by 2020? How do we get there? What obstacles do we envisage?

Obviously, the approach to these areas is flexible with respect to what YOU want to talk about! However, we feel that this should provide a starting block. Each group will have 20 minutes to chat about one of the themes and then the group will reconvene for 10 minutes to discuss that theme at large. This will be repeated until all themes have been covered. Inbetween the themes some videos will be shown from individuals who have kindly offered to provide us with a small video of what their vision of education in 2020 is - we are sure that these will spark a lot of debates. Those individuals who will be part of the Flash Meeting will be included in this structure and there thoughts will be projected onto a screen in the room.

During the sessions people will also get the chance to feed themselves via the wonderful BBQ that will be serving some of the finest local seafood and meat, and there will also be a help yourself bar! There will also be various opportunities for some musical highlights which make it simple will be provided by those fine delegates who are bringing an array of instruments with them!

If you want to include anything else in this schedule, like a guide to buying GPS, please feel free to edit accordingly.

Recording Audio / Video


How about people bring along any voice recorders they have and have these available for people to record two minute "thoughts" on what they have just heard. For example if people are chatting about assessment they might want to nip off and rather than jotting down notes, just record a few thoughts on what they have just discussed......

A couple of pupils from the High School will be filming any willing attendees who wish to comment on their vision for education in 2020. These will be posted up on Vimeo after the event.






Getting to Islay


FlyBe fly from Glasgow International to Islay Airport. There are three flights a day to the island. Flying time is approximately 30mins.

Caledonian MacBrayne operate the ferry to Islay from Kennacraig. There are three sailings a day. Allow 3 hours before sailing to drive from Glasgow.

Accommodation


Please find a detailed and comprehensive list of places to stay on the island here: http://www.islayinfo.com/islay_hotels.html

If you have any concerns about where to stay, please feel free to ask.
Islay is a fairly large Island but it does not take too long to get between places. Though the event is in Bowmore staying elsewhere will not be a problem.
Ian lives in Port Charlotte and will definitely be ending the evening in the Port Charlotte Hotel. This is about 50m from the Islay Youth Hostel.

Camping/Youth Hostel

Port Ellen camping will be extrememly busy and noisy because of the Beach Rugby but that could be what you're looking for.
Port Mor in Port Charlotte is an excellent campsite
Islay Youth Hostel, Port Charlotte, is excellent accomodation. With at least one particpant already booked in here

B&B's

Lambeth House is not far from the School
Kitchen Cabinets Vancouver
Sornbank is a lovely B+B in Bridgend

Hotels

Duffies Bar/Lochside Hotel is a great Whisky Bar just along from Bowmore Distillery. If you mention to the owners that you will be attending the day, you might be able to strike a deal with them..
The Harbour Inn is a 4star hotel in Bowmore, just round the corner from the distillery
Melbourne Restaurants
Bridgend Hotel is a centrally located hotel, with excellent public transport links they also have a house available as well.(Update: When you call ask to speak to Rebecca and say its for the High Schools conf.)
Port Charlotte Hotel is an excellent hotel and was Whisky Bar of the Year 2008.
An Taigh-Osda is a first class hotel in Bruichladdich with an excellent restaurant. Bruichladdich is a fairly quiet vilage, but is close to Port Charlotte.

Self-Catering

There is an excellent list of self-catering cottages and houses here which offer excellent catering services: http://www.islayinfo.com/islay_selfcatering.html


Other Events


If you fancy making a weekend of your visit to Islay (and who wouldn't want to?), you may be interested to know that on June 13th there will be the annual Islay Beach Rugby competition.
The week after Islay will be hosting the Commomwealth Fly Fishing Championship

Islay is infamous for its 8 distilleries. Each distillery runs tours (with the essential tasting session!) throughout June.




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Bowmore's Garden

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