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Hei Pānui edSpace | mō te marama Mahuru 2018

TessTēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo o lelei and welcome to the latest edSpace pānui mō te marama Mahuru - a round-up of activity from across edSpace for September, 2018. 

It's been a busy month in the community as we ready ourselves for uLearn18 (Oct 10-12), CORE's annual professional learning conference and explore other educational trends that continue to bubble to the surface.

Check out the following activity and feel free to dive in and get involved. One top tip: To respond to any discussions, first join edSpace as well as the group that hosts the discussion. 

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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. 


One Important Question That Leads to Student Empowerment in Schools: Katrina Laurie invites us to share practice that has led to student empowerment and learner agency. Katrina also asks, is there something you think you could stop doing that the students could learn to do themselves? 

Reflections on UDL in practice - inclusive education in the classroom: As part of her workshop, Lynne Silcock invites us to reflect on our current practice that is inclusive for all learners and asks, what can you do to me more inclusive? What makes  it hard? What are your key drivers when designing learning for your diverse learners?

The advantages of equity for disadvantaged students: The Government invites us to feed into an evaluation framework by to help measure progress and success in terms of digital inclusion. In terms of equity and access for all, this is an incredibly important piece of work. Why not have your say?

Should we review our curriculum? In CORE's latest blog, Carolyn English explores what is important for Aotearoa New Zealand, the context in which curriculum review and asks what conversations are you having at your school/kura about how curriculum design and implementation is best serving the needs and aspirations of your students? 

Extending Chromebook and the Google Environment - Dunedin: As part of her workshop, Rachel McNamara invites you to share back what you've been trialing in regards to Chromebooks and/or Google suite tools. As a result of this session, we'd love to hear the successes, the challenges, the inspirations, the curiosities you (and your students) now have.   

SAMR- where does it fit with you practiceAllanah King shares a video on the SAMR (Substitute Augmentation Modification Redefinition) model, a framework that helps educators infuse technologies into their teaching and learning and asks, what have you tried with your learners at the 'modification' or 'transformational' level or are you working with a different framework?

Google appsGoogle tools to support storytelling: Taipuni shares how he has been inspired after attending The Indigenous Mapping Wānanga in Hamilton - a hui providing participants with access to mapping tools, as well as a network with other people working in the geospatial space. Want to know more about this innovative kaupapa? Why not leave Jason a message or ask a question.

From Rākau to Ngākau: Kathe Tawhiwhirangi shares this short and succinct piece of research exploring authentic approaches to leadership, policy, and pedagogy in regards to culturally responsive/proactive practice. What are you thoughts after reading this? 

Should we be teaching Te Reo Māori in our schools? As part of Te wiki o te reo Māori, we share some new resources and apps to encourage the use of te reo Māori and invite you to share what digital tools schools and kura are using to support te Reo Māori and te Ao Māori.

Implementing Māori history curriculum in your school: A lot can happen in a week! Let's celebrate what we're doing in our schools to help teach te Tiriti o Waitangi and te Reo Māori.



Digital technologies and Hangarau Matihiko


ComputerApproaches & Ideas that are working in schools: Viv Hall shares how she is working in schools to help introduce the new content for digital technologies in the Technology curriculum and asks, what works for you or what have you observed? Viv will be uploading some examples as she uncovers them and invites us to do the same. 

Connecting Gadgets with the curriculumAnne-Louise Robertson gets us thinking about how there are heaps of shiny, whirly, techie, apps, robots, how they're fun to play with but more importantly, the connections they have to our learners and their curriculum. How are you using digital technologies to meet the aims of the new curriculum and learning outcomes?

Play-Based learning 


Tracking and assessment in play: Heidi and others continue to reflect on the usefulness of JOST (Junior Oral Language Screening Tool) as part of the play based learning approach. Interested in this conversation? Why not share tools or forms of formative assessment you're using with your students?

10 ways to bring back play, have fun and promote learning: James Hopkins shares post of 10 tools and resources to inspire a hands-on, play-based approach to learning. Any more top tips to share?

Play Based Learning videosJames Hopkins sharesome valuable videos on play-based learning to whet your whistle. What do you think of these and what inspires you think differently, teach differently? Do you have any more gems to share?


What's coming up?



uLearn18 (October 10-12) is fast approaching. If you've already attended uLearn before or are new to uLearn, why not connect online here in edSpace;

Not Yet 20 - Inside the minds of NZ's next generation of leaders: Three successful young millennial entrepreneurs will be discussing insights around key capabilities and effective partnerships between students, staff, employers, and the wider community at uLearn18. What do you think our students need connection with/to?


Creative, digital and competent learners in the DT & HM Curriculum: Interested in invigorating your class programme using the new Digital technologies curriculum? Chris Dillon explores learning in a digital curriculum at uLearn18. What excites/concerns you about the engaging with new DT | HM content?

​Lane Clark: Navigating a VUCA World - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous: Lane Clark now leading the way in an OECD project, 'Future of Education Skills: Education 2030, will explore how the Key Competencies are positioned to drive profound curriculum change where students will need a special set of global skills or competencies to navigate a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world. What would a set of global skills or competencies look like for your students? Or, turn it around - what would a school leaver, ill-equipped for the world look like?

Preparing the next generation for the algorithmic age: At uLearn18, Mike Walsh will be talking about how automation, algorithms and AI will transform every facet of daily life - especially how this affects the next generation. There are some serious implications for both business and education.

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Until next time, see you online,

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