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    • James Hopkins
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      I like this document a lot. It is really helpful when trying to pull out the learning in play especially if you are wanting to explain that learning to a parent or colleague. The language used is easy to understand and the range of activities is wide.

      Like you James I think the ICT section is a bit thin. It probably comes from a time when there was an old PC set up in the corner that students were sometimes allowed to play alphabet games on or draw a picture using Kidpix.

      I've been thinking of ways to incorporate digital learning into my play environment but to be honest I haven't got very far with it yet. I've found it needs sit down time that is difficult to find when there is only you and half the class are outside building treehouses with bits of wood and rope.

      Some ideas I have been trying (or wanting to try) with ipads are

      students using ipads to take videos and photos of their play and writing about it either using My Story or in their books.

      Students taking videos showing how to make things such as lego or paper creations then others using the video to make them too.

      Students using ipads to research information about their wonderings.

      We made a stop motion video for the Ako Hiko film festival. That was heaps of fun and stop motion is very easy to do on an ipad and so engaging for the students.

      We cook a lot. Id l'd love to start a class cooking channel!

      I'd love to hear what others are doing or ideas they have. Next year i want to incorporate our blog a lot more into our learning and play.

      Heidi

       

      - By Heidi Rose
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        • Tessa Gray
          • Tessa Gray
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            • Andrew Dixon
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              if you are quick this is an amazing - cheap - eLibrary of electronic books. Humble bundle regularly posts great collections.


              https://www.humblebundle.com/books/make-electronics-2018?hmb_source=humble_home&hmb_medium=product_tile

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              • Tessa Gray
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                I have a question - I am working with an Area School and they are struggling desperately to get a specialist DT teacher.  I know that at NCEA they can access Te Kura and for those students who want to specialise but how do they really support years 9 & 10 to get what they need to get to that point in the first place?

                - By Anne-Louise Robertson
                • Viv Hall
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                  The lego challenge is always a favourite!

                  It really shows how oral language and precise instructions play a crucial role in computational thinking. It's not just the person giving the instructions that needs the language to express the process but also the person listening who needs to interpret the instructions so needs to have a clear understanding of what the language means. We have discussed how it brings in mathematical language - e.g. perpendicular, right angles, parallel etc and also English parts of speech e.g. prepositions - next to, beside, on top of, underneath and descriptive language such as colours and shapes. 

                  Perceptions also come into play so that brings in the user interface - if someone tells me that they have created a plane - what is my perception of what a plane looks like compared to theirs and does having that image in my head help or hinder as I try to follow the instructions? 

                   

                  - By Anne-Louise Robertson
                  • CORE Education
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                    My takeaways from Ulearn18;

                    This year seemed like there was such a positive spirit around from everyone despite the doom and gloom of pay and conditions negotiations. The teachers I worked with were hugely engaged and excited about what they were doing and the possibilities they were exploring. 

                    As others have said, the stories were powerful both in the keynotes and in the sessions and conversations I was involved in. 

                    I was deeply moved by Hana O'Regan's keynote and her challenge to us all to examine the narratives we are telling consciously and unconsciously in the worlds in which we live. How what we say and do has an impact on the people around us and how deep-seated and entrenched a narrative becomes if we don't challenge people's views. 

                    It is hard sometimes as an "off comd'un" (as they say in Yorkshire - someone who is an immigrant to a community) to feel confident to challenge NZ Europeans who are 3rd and 4th generation and espouse views that are of that very narrative that damages so many of our tamariki. I know that I need to learn more about the history from the perspectives of Māori and colonists so that I can be strong in those discussions and conversations.

                    I am lucky that I have so many amazing colleagues who have that expertise and wh I can work with to deepen my understanding of the language and tikanga. Time to get back to "The Great War for New Zealand" which has lain dusty under my bed for a few months (partly because it's too heavy to read in bed! and partly because I just haven't had time) so that I can use that place-based knowledge of the Waikato as I work with schools in my region.

                     

                    - By Anne-Louise Robertson
                    • James Hopkins
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                      Kia ora James, I'd love to be part of an informal smack-down kind of virtual opportunity to talk about Play based learning. A lot of schools are heading in this direction for the juniors and wanting to find segways into the rest of the school (Makerspace etc), so I'd be interested to see what this could look like over different levels.

                      Maybe we could gauge some interest here and invite people to add their names to a Google form, see who'd like to attend/lead or facilitate an activity or session...and have to acknowledge the amazing @vanschaijik for her passionate leadership of online learning opportunities too.

                      - By Tessa Gray
                      • Anne-Louise Robertson
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                        • Elizabeth Craker
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                          Looking back on @dwenmoth Breakfast presentation (2017) his questions around ethics and equity in education (from slide 18) in a digital age is also a concern on the global stage.  

                          Brace yourselves, we are now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution where our world is becoming increasingly blurred by technologies, in particular Artificial Intelligence; where automation and robotics are impacting our education, jobs and employment. For as long as humans have existed we have worked. It's a form of 'social enterprise' and of course an income. If humans are designing machines that effect us socially, economically and don't just help us in our jobs, but replace those jobs, then what happens to humanity? 

                          “We need to be educating people so they are productive and employable,” Awuah later added. “But we also need to be educating people so that they’re creating a society that is livable and social, where human interaction is important.” The Most Important Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Try Ethics and Philosophy.

                          While we prepare our young people for the skills they need in the future, including computational thinking and computer science, who's preparing the future machine makers to make moral and ethical decisions? Is this something you focus on in your professional earning discussions? Is it part of your curriculum? 

                          AI meets humans

                          Image source: Pixabay, CCO licence Geralt.

                          - By Tessa Gray
                          • Andrew Dixon
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                            • Tessa Gray
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                              Adam Savage (Mythbusters) frequently raves about cardboard boxes as the fuel for model making and innovation.

                              Also check this out! http://www.boxwars.net/

                              - By Andrew Dixon
                              • Tessa Gray
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                                And day 2...

                                first day 2

                                second day 2

                                - By Tessa Gray
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