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

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

It's been a busy month for teachers as they wind down the year, finish reports and start planning for 2019. If you're not familiar with edSpace, the holidays might give you some time and space to have a better look around, a chance to respond or ask questions, share practice with others. We're all here for one reason - to learn from each other as we strive to make improvements for all our ākonga. Why not take a look around, find fellow members (Huānga), friend them and discover your Six degrees of separation.

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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. 


Cardboard robotMakerspace

Maker spaces and maker pedagogies: In this video, Janette Hughes talks about her research looking at the impact of bringing a Makerspace culture/pedagogy - an informal learning approach into a traditionally formal learning environment. Are you trialing Makerspaces at your school? What the tensions or issues so far and how are you considering/addressing these? We'd love to hear more.


Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko / The National Digital Readiness Programme: Anne Robertson shares an exercise her and Clive Francis have facilitated to help 'demystify and unpack/ the curriculum content' using a Jigsaw activity.  If you're leading Digital Technologies development in your school or kura, you might like to use this activity or offer some effective facilitation strategies of your own.

Design thinking and curriculum design: In this thread, we share an example of how one school is redesigning their inquiry-based (or project-based) learning model by overlaying a design thinking framework. Is your school happy with your current model/s for learning? How does the design thinking process fit with these? Time for a revisit/redesign perhaps? We'd love to hear more...

Digital Technologies Implementation for Years 7-10: Webinar series and resources: If you didn't make it to our Digital Technologies (Y7-10) webinar series: A 2018 Google CS Educator PD Course, no worries, the sessions have been recorded and resources archived here. Watch, listen and playback on demand. Please feel free to share this with others.


Play based learning

Mid-week short read... Academic vs Play based: James Hopkins shares a short read that initially depicts Play based theories/research in a head to head with academic rigour. James thinks It does redeem itself at the end. What are your thoughts? Relate or debate?

Play ideas - complete collection via MoE: In this thread Heidi Rose reflects on the MoE resource and shares her future goals to integrate digital technologies more into a play based environment. Any ideas, examples or experiences to share with Heidi?


Blended and digital learning

How to swim naked in the goldfish bowl: In the latest CORE blog post, Greg Carroll shares his tips for managing your personal and professional image in the digital age. We've all witnessed some questionable activity online or in the public eye, how well are you manage your public profile?Goldfish bowl


Future focused education

What is an authentic learning context? When you design authentic, student-centred learning tasks, where you do start? Do you start with a concept, problem, learning area or Key Competencies? Are these based on local stories, historical moments, tipuna, global or the students themselves? Are these issues-based or curriculum driven? We'd love to hear more.

Innovation and transformation

Schools under Stress: Podcast with John Campbell: Teachers are under pressure, schools are under stress. What can we do differently so we can do the right thing by our students?



If you're looking for uLearn18 resources, check out the following links and get ready for uLearn19!

Tō reo ki te raki, tō mana ki te whenua (49 minutes)


Upcoming professional learning opportunities 2019​


First 2019 LEARNZ field trips

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ONLINE - 14 November
FREE Virtual Experience
ONLINE - 14-20 November


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Mentoring and coaching
ONLINE - starts 25 February
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Te Reo Puāwai Māori
ONLINE - starts 11 March
Innovative learning environment with students and teacher
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Introduction to Innovative Learning
ONLINE - starts 11 March
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Innovative Learning Practice
ONLINE - starts 12 March

Where can I find help?

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Until next time, see you online,

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