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Hei Pānui edSpace | mō te marama Here-turi-kōkā 2018

TessTēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo o lelei and welcome to the latest edSpace pānui mō te marama Here-turi-kōkā - a round-up of activity from across edSpace for August, 2018. We took a short break and now we're back sharing the latest edSpace news and views.

Thank you for letting us know what you wanted to see more of in edSpace. Over the next couple of months, we hope to find ways to better meet your needs. In meantime, if you don't see a conversation that speaks to you, feel free to start your own thread/s or better yet start your own group, invite other friends to share views, ideas, experiences, resources and more.

Why? As Fulbright Global Scholar, Alan Daly says in this video below, growing social networks in communities of practice can help create high quality impact in educational systems. By forming strong relationships online, we can help to generate intellectual capital that in-turn inspires creativity and innovation in education. Let's see where our conversations can take us....

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The following public discussions await your ideas and more.  You just need to join the open groups to contribute to the conversations. 


Parent Engagement through digital tools: Viv Hall shares how one school is successfully bridging the gap between learning at school and home using Seesaw and invites us to share how we're engaging with parents and whānau. Sometimes connecting with parents/whānau can be a challenge, what face to face and online strategies do you use in your school or kura?

Is the curriculum to blame? Is our curriculum too open for 'thin' interpretation, or is there scope for a more localised curriculum to be developed within schools? The debate between teacher-driven instruction and student-centred learning design continues...what's your perspective?Old chairs

Misconceptions about MLEs: We continue to reflection on whether or not MLEs and ILEs should been be 'judged' with a broad brush view, or open for interpretation; where each school unpacks what modern learning looks like for their learners in their learning communities. What do you think? What does learning look like for you?

Scratch - Getting Unstuck: Nicki Tempero is a like a Scratch guide-on-the-side as she shares more daily tips for teaching Scratch in the classroom. What would you suggest for Day 21?

Implementing Māori history curriculum in your school: Two compelling resources shared here, Treaty of Waitangi - a brief history and a breach history. A very important aspect of Māori history that can't be ignored. Are you having similar discussions with your learners?

EDtalks: Student inquiry | an awareness of global issues: In this EDtalks video, CORE eFellow Craig McDonald talks about how true inquiry is Authentic contexts, motivated by a genuine need and discusses and shares an example of student inquiry and action that explored child labour and the issue of water justice. Is inquiry something you do well in your school?, if so, feel free to tell us about some issues your students are working through. We've love to hear more.

Digital technologies and Hangarau Matihiko


Preparing for Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko in the Technologies learning area: Bookmark of a useful resource from CLA and support guide from the Ministry of Education.

Teachers to get more professional support for digital technologies curriculum: The official announcement was made by the Beehive about Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko - Digital National Readiness Programme for implementing Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko. CORE Education in collaboration with our partners is proud to be leading this project. Feel free to sign up today.

Play-Based learning 


Play Based Learning group: Are Play-Based spaces something that interests you? Then join this group and share in the thinking, research and connections with others about Play-Based learning. Latest conversations awaiting your input include:

Education Central: 10 ways to bring back play, have fun and promote learning: James shares a post on 10 resources/ways to bring back play and invites us to share similar experiences of our own - via photo. Are you up for the challenge?

Children playing"I don't believe in Play Based Learning" What's your go to resource? What resources do you fall back on to suggest or impress a different view about Play-Based Learning? Feel free to add your own go-to resources to this growing kete.

Tracking and assessment in play: Heidi wants to know how people are getting on with assessing aspects of their play programmes, apart from JOST (Junior Oral Language Screening Tool) they are looking to develop an ongoing learning profile that includes a play observation/analysis. Is anyone using narrative stories successfully, what's deemed necessary and what does time management look like in your school? Can you help Heidi with some ideas, resources of your own?

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.

Worth a watch: Heidi responds to Jame's query about 'must do' activities that underpin play based learning and challenges us to think about real student autonomy because when children lead the play the outcomes are infinite. The open debate continues, what's your perspective?

For more thought leadership, see CORE Education blog and feel free to leave a comment there as well.



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:

Hana O'Regan Keynote: Tō reo ki te raki, tō mana ki te whenua: Hana is speaking at uLearn18 about growing positive dispositions and capabilities' in our Māori learners. Why not get up close and personal with Hana before her keynote at uLearn and share your own experiences at your school or kura?

Pasi Sahlberg Keynote: If you don’t lead with small data, you’ll be led by Big Data: Pasi's keynote invites us to look more critically at datafication, the power of 'small data' and what this means for educators in a digital age. Bernice observes data hasn't served our Māori and Pasifica students well already and we need to find ways for data to address the 'long tail'. What do you think? How can data be used more effectively as part of evidence-based practice?

Other CORE events:

  • AUG

    Establishing Google Classroom

    This workshop is intended for beginners to Classroom and will introduce a tried and true workflow for making the most of the collaborative, sharing and other key features. You will leave with your Classroom set up and ready to go!
  • AUG

    Developing a change theory with your Kāhui Ako

    This workshop will explore a number of strategies that would be useful for helping people think about why they are part of a CoL, and what sort of problem solving is required. Activities will help attendees see the power of professional...
  • SEP

    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.


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,

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