TEDx Speaker - Technology and Education Innovation Expert
Brian Aspinall is a teacher, learner, thinker, author, problem solver and question asker. He is a seasoned speaker professionally on the topics of 21st century education, assessment and evaluation and he has delivered given three TEDx talks on education reform.
Brian Aspinall has had a life-long fascination with innovative people and strive to be one himself. In high school he began writing software for local businesses and was featured in the media as someone to watch. His research in coding and computational thinking inspired colleagues to nominate him for the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He won the PRIME MINISTER’S AWARDS FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE, Certificate of Achievement Recipient.
Brian has worked with ministries, union teams, district teams, school teams, corporate teams and individuals by providing thought leadership around new pedagogies and best practices. His passions are rooted in the belief that all students can reach their potential if given a fair chance, and that technology can be the vehicle to uncover human potential.
Brian has given keynotes nationally and internationally. He is passionate about inspiring people to create rich, curious seeking individuals in classrooms built on a community of trust, risk-taking and a freedom to fail. He believes that “maker” is more of a culture than a space and he loves watching leaders, teachers and students engaged in hands-on, kinesthetic activities.
Brian is an educator on a mission to expose as many kids as he can to coding and computer science. In this passionate talk, he makes a case for the importance of exposing youth to the principles of coding and computational thinking to prepare them for a rapidly changing future utilizing 21st Century Competencies.
This presentation will explore the use of digital tools to engage learners, build Knowledge Construction and revisit the pedagogical history of Jean Piaget's Constructivist Learning Theory. By enabling the "maker" in all of us, assessment and evaluation becomes immediate, effective and ongoing using digital technologies to communicate thinking with staff, students and parents.
Twenty first century learning requires students to create, collaborate and think critically. Progress “STEM’s” directly from immediate feedback and a personalized learning platform. Coding forces students to problem solve, make mistakes and overcome barriers because programs can only run if written correctly. In this passionate talk, Brian makes a case for the importance of exposing youth to the principles of coding and computational thinking to prepare them for a rapidly changing future.
Crack the code for your students’ success! Future-ready students need to be creative. They need to know how to communicate their ideas and how to collaborate as problem solvers. And to master these and other twenty-first-century requirements, they will need to be critical thinkers. In this talk, Brian shares his insights on how to turn curriculum expectations into skills. Students identify problems, develop solutions, and use coding and computational thinking to apply and demonstrate their learning.
In 2012, Brian and his colleagues decided to try a new approach to teaching and learning. Just feedback, no grades. With the exception of report cards, students were never given numerical values over the course of their school year. Not only did engagement increase, but so did student interest, curiosity and learning. Let Brian share the ups and downs of going graceless as well as how you can start in your school today!
We used to attend school because that is where the knowledge was. Rote learning is still relevant, but it is more important for today’s students to apply knowledge in a deeper way. In this talk, participants will learn about the history and pedagogy of computer science, its importance for the future as well as how to integrate it into existing curriculums. With a focus on 21st century competencies, participants will explore assessment and evaluation while engaging in the process of learning.