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Hei Pānui edSpace | mō te marama Haratua 2018

TessTēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo o lelei and welcome to our edSpace pānui mō te marama Haratua, our monthly round-up for May 2018.

Have your sayHeraclitus once said, the only thing that is constant is change, and as educators, we know only too well how true that is. New developments are underway to support educators to implement two new areas of the Technology curriculum - Computational Thinking and Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes, debate continues in the media about MLEs, and we're all invited to feed into the future of education in the Education Conversation 2018.

One thing's for certain, this is your time to have your say; in social media, and here in edSpace, where you're invited to share your views, ask questions or offer support to others. Check out more in the CORE blog post, edSpace our networking frontier .

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The following public discussions await your input.  You will need to join the open groups first to contribute.

ILEs and MLEs | The hot debate continues: We look at the recent public conversations around innovative learning environments and ask whether we're informing and consulting with our parents, whānau and wider community about the potential benefits of modern learning pedagogies and environments. What do you think?

If you were the boss of education what would you do first? Exciting times in New Zealand where we're all invited to have a voice and help shape the future of NZ education. Why not have your say before May 31st. Artificial intelligence

Computational thinking for school students and teachers - what's the big idea?
 In this clip (Australia 2016), our very own Dr. Tim Bell, Professor of Computer Science at University of Canterbury NZ talks about the underlying concepts and knowledge of Computational Thinking. This video also illustrates some easy unplugged activities that demonstrates this well.

Getting ready to implement Digital Technologies | Panel discussion from Australia
 In this clip (Australia 2016), a panel of educators and a student, Claire talk getting ready to implement Computer Science and Digital Technologies into their curriculum.

Useful resources for al things Digital Technology: Mister_Roberts generously shares some top tips and resources for trialing and implementing Digital Technologies. Becoming part of digital networks around the country seems to be an overwhelming theme. Any useful tips, resources or networks to share with others?

ColoursColouring in the White Spaces: Dr Ann Milne puts some confronting issues on the table around teachers' 'unconscious bias' about Māori learners. What is your gut telling you? Join the Breakfast Kōrero group in edSpace and leave a comment for Ann.

More children than ever are staying on at pre-school after they've turned five
: Early childhood educators may not find this article a surprise that more parents are keeping their children in early childhood centres for longer instead of sending them to school at five years old. What's happening with this trend?

Code Snaps
: Katrina Laurie shares Code Snaps a resource (found on Curriculum Pathways) that is a mixture of collaboration 'unplugged' using a robot and an iPad app to test the outcome. 

Creating and nurturing social networks for leveraging improvements in Kāhui Ako: Networks are incredibly important for teachers, and in this video Alan Daly talks about how to create and grow social networks within a community to create high quality impact in educational systems. Find out more>>> 

Connected EducatorLooking for more more ways to stay connected? Check out the Connected Educator New Zealand group for ways to engage with others about recently events featured in the Connected Educator Calendar:

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

Feel free to join the following open groups and either respond or start your own discussions...

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What's coming up?




Do you have some exciting ideas or experiences to share? Why not present at uLearn18? A call for abstracts is now open until 31 May. Join the uLearn discussion group and follow uLearn18 on Twitter to stay in touch with your uLearn network.

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

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    Te Reo Manahua MāoriThis will be a gentle step up from beginning your te reo Māori journey, and will build on your ability to speak and use te reo Māori in your classroom or work context.

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    Establishing iPads in your ClassroomIn this session we will explore a range of free and paid apps as well as the features built into the devices themselves that will turbocharge your classroom.

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    Creating and sustaining 21st Century librariesThis workshop will share practical ideas that increase engagement with and use of your school's library. The spaces and services support teachers and whānau as they prepare children and young people for the future.

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    Strategies to Develop Student AgencyIn this workshop we will examine the skills your students need to be self-directed learners and how to provide the scaffolding needed to develop these skills.

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    Introduction to Google SuiteIn this workshop you will learn about Google Drive and all that comes with it, including tips and tricks for Drive, Docs, Gmail and Calendars, and an introduction to Slides, and Forms. Come prepared to get hands-on, interactive and collaborative.

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    Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL)Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that helps to remove barriers in the learning environment. This is an interactive style workshop where the basics of UDL will be explored.

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    Enhancing your practice with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and technologyThe UDL lens provides us with a framework to design curriculum and environments that cater for everyone from the outset. Find out more >>>

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    Collaborative practice in the secondary schoolIn this very practical workshop participants will use tools and strategies for fostering, developing and enabling effective collaboration within subject teams or faculties.

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    Digital Technologies - Developing a school wide curriculumCourse participants will be able to develop an understanding of what the digital curriculum means for schools and develop a plan for implementing digital technologies across the curriculum.

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    Making a PLD applicationThis free webinar will outline the application process and we will share scaffolds with you to support developing your Centrally Funded PLD application.

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One tip a week: Has useful tips for setting up edSpace as your social network portal including how to invite your friends to groups.

Please tell us what you'd like to talk about, discuss or debate in edSpace by filling in the survey below. We can then feed back some changes to you, to help better meet your educational needs.

Missed out on last month's pānui? Check out Hei Pānui edSpace | mō te marama Paenga-whāwhā 2018

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