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Hei Pānui edSpace | mō te marama Pipiri 2018

TessTēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo o lelei and welcome to our edSpace pānui mō te marama Pipiri, our monthly round-up for June 2018. If you're new to edSpace, please feel free to become a member and join in the discussions.

Happy birthdayExciting times, we celebrated edSpace turning one this month with over 2000 members and growing. Last week, we ran our very first interactive community wero or challenge, where five easy tasks were introduced to help you: update your profile, connect with others in groups and discussion threads as well as beyond in Twitter and Facebook. We also asked you what you wanted to see more of in edSpace in our quick survey. You can still complete these challenges in your own time. Congratulations to Duncan and Stephanie Kitto (runner up) for winning this challenge. Prizes are on their way in the mail smiley.

Also see all edSpace community news for more updates.

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

Misconceptions about MLEs: Duncan responds to this debate with some consideration around measuring the impact of ILE's/MLEs in regards to student achievement, as well as hauora, and the soft skills as well. What do you think the biggest ideas/issues are and what supports your argument?

Fortnite'Fortnite'- A topic around digital citizenship: Katrina Laurie opens this can of worms around the very real concerns for our young people around device addiction, cyber bullying and the phenomena that is Fortnite. She invites us to discuss what’s concerning us most and how might we cope with these incidents. Is this a reality at your home/school?

Te Ao Māori me te Hangarau Matihiko: Viv Hall talks about introducing Hangarau Matihiko by providing a 'hook', like sharing the story of how Maui brought fire to the World, as the first human intervention with the environment. What discussion starters would you use to ‘look back in order to move forward’?

Transforming learning experiences with Digital Technologies: Tara Fagan shares some exiting innovations at Te papa's learning lab (in her Breakfast seminar) where learners’ development of 21st century competencies of collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking are being supported through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) and personalised learning and partnerships with schools, kura, early childhood services. How do you engage with your local museum or gallery to enhance your curriculum?

CORE Education blog posts


E KORE E PAU TE IKA UNAHI NUI — RESTORING THE HOLISTIC WELLBEING OF MĀORI BOYS THROUGH CONNECTION...Ānaru White writes this post about, new and innovative approaches to supporting Māori boys. Are there any exciting initiatives in your school, kura or backyard? We'd love to hear more.

Catch 22

The Catch 22 of targeted support: Lynne Silcock reflects on how, even with the best intentions, sometimes targeted support for learners can result in unintended consequences. It's a tricky dilemma. How can be best meet the needs of our diverse learners without falling into the trap of singling out or labelling students? Your thoughts are welcome here.

Making diversity visible for gender and sexuality inclusive schools: Jerome Cargill shares his eFellowship project in 2017 to develop inclusive practices in schools to ensure gender-minority students feel welcome, included and accepted at school. With more issues around the mental wellbeing on our young people, this is a must read.

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EDtalksCORE EDtalks group: Keep an eye out for a monthly focus on themes and playlists and feel free to on share these in your own communities. The following thought leadership and school stories have been shared so far:

• Celebrating a culturally responsive environment at Broadfield School: In these wonderful EDtalks videos, Mike Molloy (Principal Broadfield School) talks about how staff, students and the wider community are actively involved in upholding tikanga Māori principles and values visible in their school culture. Any comments or questions for Mike?

• Culture counts in the classroom: Maria Tibble talks about creating strong relationships and getting to know our students' whakapapa, where they come from - their history and stories that anchors them to who they are. What strategies do you use to create those pathways in your classroom, school or kura?

• Culturally responsive practice in Aotearoa and The Treaty of Waitangi as a curriculum principle: In these videos, Janelle Riki-Waaka discusses the importance of reflecting our bicultural heritage by giving mana to Tiriti o Waitangi. Janelle asks, how would we know we're in Aotearoa when standing in our school? What would we see/hear in your school that honours Te Titiri o Waitangi? We'd love to hear your stories.

• Children playingPlay Based Learning group: An opportunity to share thinking, research and connect with others in the Play-Based space. Conversations have started:

• Worth a watch: James Hopkins invites us watch this 2min video and reflect on the theory of Play Based Learning, in regards to something clever in weaving in a 'must-do' into the play and still allowing some wider direction for purpose. What do you think about this approach/theory in action?

• Working with your community: Passionate about Play Based Learning? James Hopkins invites you to share, how you have prepared your community for Play Based Learning.

• Play based learning and assessment: James shares an article on, how we 'assess' Play Based Learning. He's keen to hear what others are doing and what 'mind frame' is needed around assessing something so free and student-led.

Wellbeing imageSome national and global trends are emerging online and off around teacher and student wellbeing - workloads, stresses of 21st Century living, overuse of digital media. An overwhelming body of research is highlighting the excessive stress faced by New Zealand’s educators. CORE, in partnership with NESLI (Australia), is providing the Educators’ Wellbeing Toolkit - a group development program designed to help schools create a professional climate which is conducive to the optimal health and wellbeing of all staff, and to help improve social capital across the organisation. As well as internal processes, this programme might be something schools see a need to investigate, sooner rather than later.

What's trending at your place? Please feel free to start a discussion, ask a question in any of our open, Featured Groups. We'd love to hear from you and no doubt others will too.

For more inspiration, see CORE Education blog and feel free to leave a comment.


What's coming up?




uLearn18 is on the calendar for October 10 - 12. Don't miss out on any support, lead up or promotions on the lead up to uLearn such as:

Introducing keynote presenters uLearn18Check out our guest keynote presenters, you won't be disappointed!

A comprehensive approach to conferences: Becky Hare shares an her article about making the most out of your conference experience and asks, if you're joining us this year at uLearn, what are your top tips for getting the most out of the PLD experience? 

Other CORE events:

  • JUN

    Te Tiriti o Waitangi and future-focused schools | Auckland

    This CORE Breakfast will explore practical ways that future-focused schools can grow their understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • JUL

    Mentoring and Coaching

    This course explores the role of a mentor/coach in supporting teachers and potential leaders to transform their practice. It explores a variety of practical approaches and strategies for mentoring/coaching in order to meet the individual needs of...
  • JUL

    Integrating Digital Technologies into Classroom Practice

    In this course, you will learn what research says about digital technologies and how digital technologies can support learning, the implications of the DT | HM curriculum for your school/kura and what you can do in your classroom to develop digital...
  • JUL

    Te Reo Puāwai Māori

    A great ‘beginners’ guide to te reo Māori - not just speaking and writing, but how to teach it to others and use it authentically in your setting.
  • JUL

    Extending Chromebook and the Google Environment in your classroom

    In this workshop you will expand your knowledge of Google Apps to enable effective management of collaborative learning environments and explore ways to extend quality opportunities to all learners.
  • JUL

    Extending classroom practices with Google Suite

    In this workshop you will explore how Google Apps can provide your students with opportunities to communicate, collaborate, and create in a modern learning classroom.
  • JUL

    Play based learning in the primary school

    Play based learning: In this very practical workshop you will learn about how to enable self-directed learning which challenges students to develop new skills or concepts for reasons that are personally meaningful to them.
  • JUL

    Innovative Learning Curriculum

    This programme will take you on a journey exploring ideas about curriculum and how it translates into classroom practice, including the implications for designing learning experiences for learners.
  • JUL

    Innovative Learning Assessment

    This programme focuses on developing in-depth understanding and application of the pedagogy of innovative learning and the implications for assessment.
  • JUL

    Te Reo Manahua Māori

    This 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.
  • JUL

    Middle Leadership Matters

      This online middle leadership programme aims to meet the development needs of those specifically leading from the middle, by examining key principles and practical strategies for their implementation. Senior leaders will also benefit from this...
    • JUL

      Introduction to Innovative Learning

      Learn about the basics of innovative learning including the drivers for change and the frameworks that supports implementing change in your context.
    • JUL

      Innovative Learning Environments

      This course supports teachers in putting theory into practice when it comes designing what their learning spaces look like and how they support the type of teaching and learning they want to promote.
    • JUL

      Extending iPad practice across the curriculum

      This workshop will look at some of the more advance settings and features of the iPad itself that will enhance how you use them in your setting.


    What are people saying about Breakfasts? Check out some of the feedback about our Breakfast seminars.

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    Where can I find help?

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    edSpace group pages: Has instructional videos and tips on why/how to use edSpace, including how to submit interesting looking posts, comments and more.

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

    Feel free to ask any questions.

    Until next time, see you online,

    Hei konā mai smiley

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