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Hei Pānui edSpace | mō te marama Whiringa-ā-nuku 2018

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

It's been a busy month in the community, especially as we enjoyed socialising and learning together during uLearn18 (Oct 10-12). Why not keep the connections going online and dive in and get involved with the following discussions or start your own.

Top tip: To respond to any discussions, first join edSpace as well as the group that hosts the discussion. If you want to create a group for like-minded educators, please feel free to do so or make contact for more support.

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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. 


All things Makerspace NEW! discussion group created by Andrew Dixon about all things Makerspace. Join now and join in the following conversations:

Maker related eBooks - Humble Bundle: Andrew Dixon posts, if you are quick this is an amazing - cheap - eLibrary of electronic books. Humble bundle regularly posts great collections.

Maker culture

Democratizing Education: Andrew Dixon shares two Tedtalks to inspire both teachers and leaders in future-focused schools.

Facebook group for things NZ Maker related: Andrew Dixon invites Makerspace enthusiasts to join the Facebook group "Maker Nation NZ".

101 things to do with a cardboard box: Model making, simple innovation, problem solving and more...what can your students do with a cardboard box?

Been there done that? Andrew Dixon is wondering if you'd be interested in a short PLD session on effective ways to introduce Arduino into the classroom, strongly linking the tools to learning outcomes. Are you keen?

We are all makers: Andrew Dixon shares this short and inspiring Tedtalks about how we're all born with the ability to make things. We don't just live, we create and make things. Anyone up for a Maker Party?


Digital technologies and Hangarau Matihiko

Teachers to get more professional support for digital technologies curriculum: Anne Robertson has a question, about supporting Y9/10 students for NCEA in areas that might not have access to specialised teaching resources to support the students at these levels. Can you help?

Computer techApproaches & Ideas that are working in schools: In this thread, Viv Hall invites us to share examples of digital technologies in the classroom. Anne Robertson shared the lego challenge and how oral language and precise instructions play a crucial role in computational thinking. Do you have any simple examples of how computational thinking can be taught through a set of instructions?

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko / The National Digital Readiness Programme: How ready are you and your colleagues for the implementation of the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko (DT & HM) curriculum content by 2020?  No matter what your response is to that question, there's a support package for you! Read on e hoa mā!


Play based learning group

Play ideas - complete collection via MoE: James Hopkins references a resource that shares how digital technology can be used within play. James is on the hunt for examples of how digital technology can support play rather than being the focus. Do you have any thoughts, ideas or examples to share?

Parallel play

Online get together? James Hopkins is gauging if people would be interested in coming together in the online space to share practice, strategies and any other resources about Play-based learning. Are you interested in talking some more?

More play, less school: Anne Robertson shares a Tedtalk about the importance of play and offers some provocative observations such as, if you deprive kids of real, free, explorative play they don't develop emotionally and socially, don't learn about their own capabilities and be able to judge risk. What are your thoughts about more play, less school?


Breakfast Kōrero group

Future focused education: Understanding the trends: Brace yourselves, we are now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution where our world is becoming increasingly blurred by technologies, in particular Artificial Intelligence, automation and robotics. So what does this mean for education, jobs and employment?



Check out what delegates thought about uLearn and if you attended, please feel free to add your own take-aways from uLearn18. For all other uLearn18 resources, check out the following and get ready for uLearn19!



What's coming up?​​


  • NOV

    Creating Culturally Responsive schools


    This action-packed workshop will give you lots of ideas and strategies for ensuring you connect with, support and fully engage the learners and whānau from all cultures in your setting. A particular focus will be on Māori and Pasifika learners but...

  • NOV


    Digital Technologies Implementation for Years 7-10: A 2018 Google CS Educator PD Course

    This course, sponsored by Google, will provide concise and in-depth support for teacher/leaders from years 7 to 10 to address particular challenges and opportunities unique to middle school sector. Every Tuesday in November from 4-5pm (6, 13, 20, 27...

  • NOV


    Strategies to Develop Student Agency


    In 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.

  • NOV


    Making a PLD application

    This 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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Until next time, see you online,

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