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Hei Pānui edSpace | mō te marama Paenga-whāwhā 2018

TessTēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo o lelei and welcome to our edSpace pānui mō re marama Paenga-whāwhā, our monthly round-up for April 2018.

In edSpace, we believe in the collection wisdom and great potential that can come from networks that are organic and drive themselves. Everyday we see strong relational networks growing in and between schools and kura, so we want you to be able to continue that mutual exchange with other like-minded educators around Aotearoa. 

Also check out the Connected Educator Starter Kete Days 1–5. Dive in, ask a question, get involved. 

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Multicultural education

Kathe Tawhiwhirangi-PerryAuthoring a school derived self review tool to progress Culturally Responsive Practice Kathe Tawhiwhirangi-Perry shares how one school is creating a culturally responsive review tool and invites you to share, what you're doing to progress your school’s culturally responsive practice?Google maps

TaipuniHow Google My Maps can help you learn about special places in your community Taipuni shares an innovative and exciting way to bring local places of significance to tangata whenua into the classroom by creating personalised virtual tours in Google Maps and Google Earth. Is this something you could do for/with your students?

Anahera McGregorImplementing Māori history curriculum in your school Anahera McGregor Anahera shares how one school is implementing "Te Takanga o te Wā - guidelines for teaching Māori history, to reflect Māori culture in all they do. Anahera is interested to see who else is implementing Māori history/culturally located curriculum and asks, have you read Te Takanga o te Wā?


Collaboration and professional learning

Anne-Louise RobertsonMoving from PLD in a box to sustainable, effective PLD... Anne-Louise Robertsongets us thinking about finding relevant and timely connections in professional learning, so that PLD for teachers is meaningful and manageable. How do you make PLD palatable and/or exciting in your school or kura?

Jacky YoungA very interesting read about Inquiry for teachers Jacky Young shares a reading on 'Inquiry, much harm done in its name' and asks, to what extent do your teaching inquiries extend your professional practices and improve student outcomes?

Katrina LaurieBenefits of a mini Teacher Inquiry? Katrina explores the potential for 'mini inquiry' as a process for professional inquiry and asks, does anyone have any experiences, stories, readings around a quicker 'mini' teacher inquiry rather than a larger more in-depth inquiry?Leadership

Nick MajorWhen to lead change and when to not; that is the question  Nick Major sheds some light on various strategies and approaches in leadership that is responsive to contexts, situations or issues. Nick is interested to know what reflective questions you pose or thinking you apply in deciding when to initiate and lead change and when to preserve and maintain the best of existing practices?

Katrina Laurie

Embracing Agile Leadership for Learning Katrina Laurie shares a post from Dr Simon Breakspear, where he responds to educators who know there's a need for change, but want to know more about how to lead the change. How many times have we heard about change needs to happen and that's about where the conversation ends?

Blended and Digital Learning

Nicki TemperoNicki Tempero has been igniting some valuable conversations about using Seesaw in the classroom. Check these out:

Tessa Gray

Digital gaming and games for learning Tessa Gray In this thread we highlight some upcoming webinars on gaming in the classroom and touch on learning theories that underpin immersive gaming experiences as well as game creation and development. How can games for learning and game development fit in with the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curricula in your classroom? Computational thinking

Jacky YoungAn interesting reading - What is computational thinking? Jacky Young shares an article/reading about the terminology and concept of 'computational thinking'. Jacky is interested in what you think.

Jacky YoungUseful resources for coding - Amelia Cracks the Code - WhatNow TV Jacky Young shares a series of videos on YouTube, posted from What Now TV programme, where Amelia posts short videos on coding. How might you use these in your classroom?

Inclusive practice


Using respectful and inclusive language  Linda shares some recent developments in Qantas, where airline staff are being encouraged to used gender neutral language. Linda asks, what is appropriate inclusive language for teachers to use, so that all our students feel respected? What are your thoughts, experiences?

CORE Education

Three steps towards student wellbeing CORE Education Student wellbeing is inextricably linked to engagement and achievement. In this Breakfast seminar Philippa Antipas shared a framework to help educators think about; how young people are involved in learning, how they learn and work best in an environment where young people are valued and important. What are your thoughts?

Future focused learning

Play based learning

Rebbecca SweeneyExamples of Collaborative Practice & Play Based Learning Rebbecca Sweeney shares some wonderful stories from Grow Waitaha about Play Based Learning in a Collaborative Environment at Halswell School and invites us to make contact with the teachers in the video.​

Angela Vermeulen

#What is Real Learning? Angela Vermeulen What is in the minds and hearts of our tamariki about real and authentic learning? Angela challenges us to ask our students, 'when does learning happen for you' and invites you to post your replies in this thread.

See something that moves you, dive in and tell us what you think or feel. If you don't see something that speaks to you yet, why not start the ball rolling and start a new discussion thread of your own?


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What's coming up?


Check out the latest events and what's coming your way both face-to-face and online for March. For example over the month or so:


There are many more events advertised for March and beyond in the edSpace events (Ngā Takunetanga) so don't miss out, register now!

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For more Breakfasts, see CORE Breakfast programme 2018 and the Calendar of events


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Until next month, Hei konā mai smiley

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